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Afghanistan: Politics and Government

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 160351, tabled on 3 July 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to his Afghan counterpart on (a) the assassination of MP Elect Awtar Singh Khalsa and others on 1 July 2018 and (b) the safety of political candidates from minority communities in Afghanistan.

Answered on

6 July 2018

The British Government condemned the 1 July attack on a group of Sikhs and Hindus in Jalalabad. On Twitter I described it as "a despicable attack on Afghanistan's historic Sikh and Hindu community". As part of NATO's Resolute Support Mission, the UK supports the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces in its efforts to improve security for all communities in Afghanistan. NATO's Resolute Support Mission is also assisting the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces with security planning for the upcoming elections.

The British Government regularly raises human rights issues with the Government of Afghanistan, including the need to protect the rights of all ethnic and religious groups in line with the constitution.

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