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Islamic Emirate at a glance

Summary of the most significant accomplishments of the Islamic Emirate 2022 – 2023

Part XVIII

By: Hashmat Nasiri

  1. Educational and legal support for returnees and IDPs In terms of assisting returnees and IDPs, 1,066 individuals have been directed to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, to pursue their education, while electronic identification cards have been distributed to 61,000 others in coordination with the National Statistics and Information Authority. Legal counsel has been provided to 806 applicants, educational programs have been organized for 13,106 individuals in collaboration with partner institutions, and employment opportunities have been provided for over 19,000 individuals. C. Provision of social and welfare services In the past year, technical assessments have been conducted on 48 migrant camps/ townships in various provinces to identify and address existing challenges. Additionally, reintegration committees have been reactivated in 34 provinces to ensure the coherence of activities among relevant institutions and agencies regarding the reintegration of returnees. Furthermore, the registration and documentation of returnees have been reactivated using the ARIS system in 34 provinces and at border crossings such as Islam Qala, Spin Boldak, Torghundi, and Nimroz Silk Road, with necessary documents distributed to them. Efforts have also been made, with the assistance of collaborating institutions, to address the needs of displaced persons and returnees. This includes the reconstruction of 58 deep and semideep wells, the establishment of six water reservoirs, the installation of 13 water supply networks, the construction of 11 kilometers of roads, the renovation of 174 bridges and culverts, the establishment of two clinics and two schools, and construction of 210 meters of retaining walls in 21 provinces. D. Mobilization of assistance from partner organizations The Ministry of Refugees Repatriations has coordinated with collaborating institutions and organizations to secure necessary assistance for addressing the needs of returnees and displaced persons. Over the past year, 133 MoUs have been signed with partner organizations in this regard. Moreover, to ensure transparency in the utilization of cash funds by institutions for migrant and returnee affairs, an inter-ministerial committee has been established, consisting of representatives from the Ministries of Economy, Finance, Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Public Health, Education, Hajj and Religious Affairs, Intelligence Directorate, and relevant United Nations agencies. As per the committee’s decision, partner organizations operate under the supervision of the named government entities and directly report to the Ministry of Refugees, utilizing their budgets for designated purposes. In addition, officials have conducted multiple visits to provinces and relevant areas to closely assess and evaluate the prevailing conditions and challenges concerning returnees and internally displaced persons. E. Transfer of Afghan prisoners The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan endeavors to repatriate compatriots detained abroad, ensuring they complete their sentences under conditions that uphold their rights and entitlements. Through diplomatic negotiation, agreements have been reached with 8 countries over the past year for the repatriation of Afghan prisoners. Furthermore, a designated commission has been established by the leadership of the Islamic Emirate to facilitate the transfer of Afghan prisoners from foreign countries, which has been actively engaged in this regard. As a result of the concerted efforts of relevant authorities, approximately 3,000 Afghans have been transferred from prisons in Pakistan, and over 1,000 Afghans have been transferred from prisons in Iran to Afghanistan in the past year. Additionally, around 3,000 other Afghans who were at risk of human trafficking have been rescued. F. Provision of education for returnees and IDPs The Islamic Emirate is steadfast in providing essential educational opportunities for internally displaced persons and citizens returning to the country after residing abroad. Substantial efforts have been made in this regard over the past year, resulting in educational opportunities being extended to 39,114 individuals. G. Passport services Afghan residents abroad have long encountered challenges related to passports, documentation, and official paperwork, leading to persistent difficulties. To address this, the Islamic Emirate has swiftly initiated measures yielding notable outcomes. A passport distribution project has been launched over the past year for Afghan residents in foreign nations, notably Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey. Consequently, 300,000 passports have been systematically renewed within the past year. Moreover, the Afghan government has facilitated the pilgrimage of 1,000 Afghan applicants residing in Pakistan and Iran to Saudi Arabia during the same period. 1. Administration of prisoner affairs It is essential to acknowledge the inherent rights of prisoners, ensuring their unimpeded access to these entitlements alongside the provision of necessary amenities. With the re-establishment of the Islamic Emirate, a committed focus has been directed towards this imperative, resulting in a range of initiatives outlined as follows: A. Facilitating educational and training programs for detainees In the pursuit of imparting knowledge and moral rectitude to detainees, the Islamic Emirate has implemented specialized curricula within prisons nationwide. These educational endeavors are overseen and administered by religious scholars, fostering the intellectual and spiritual development of detainees. Furthermore, to facilitate their seamless reintegration into society as law-abiding citizens, comprehensive educational modules spanning Quran Interpretation, prophetic traditions, jurisprudence, theological tenets, ethical precepts, and Islamic history are rigorously conducted across the 34 provinces. B. Vocational training initiatives for detainees To equip detainees with the necessary skills for productive societal reintegration, vocational training opportunities encompassing tailoring, embroidery, cobbling, electronic assembly, locksmithing, carpentry, mobile device repair, metallurgy, and various other industrial disciplines have been systematically instituted. C. Enhancement of nutritional provisions for detainees Through sustained facilitation and legal support mechanisms, palpable strides have been made toward augmenting the quality and quantity of dietary provisions afforded to detainees, yielding discernible improvements in their well-being. D. Provision of medical services to detainees With the re-establishment of the Islamic Emirate, the operationalization of hospital, boasting 51 beds and situated in downtown Kabul following reconstruction efforts, stands as a testament to the earnest commitment towards furnishing detainees with standardized healthcare services. Moreover, medical facilities in central and provincial prisons persistently cater to the healthcare needs of detainees. E. Dispensation of pardons and seasonal sentencing reductions for detainees A concerted endeavor is underway to alleviate the custodial sentences of detainees on auspicious occasions nationwide, effectuating their release through executive clemency directives. Notably, over the preceding year, in accordance with directives issued by the leadership of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to commemorate Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, 3,881 detainees were granted liberty, concurrently culminating in the reduction of incarceration terms for 981 individuals.

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