A coalition of Afghan women and youth, civil society groups, activists, and supporters.


To ensure that humanitarian aid is able to reach the most vulnerable people in Afghanistan, we reaffirm the United Nations' call for a humanitarian ceasefire and urge Secretary Pompeo, European, NATO, P5 leaders to support this initiative by the UN and furthermore, call upon all parties in the conflict inAfghanistan to:

- Agree to a full and immediate humanitarian ceasefire. The pandemic will not wait for intra-Afghan negotiations to agree to a comprehensive ceasefire;

- Boost immediate preparedness and response operations for a) Water, Sanitation and Hygiene activities to prevent the spread; and b) medical supplies and health infrastructure to contain the virus;

- Take proactive steps to ensure that emergency measures do not compromise the space for human rights, women’s rights, refugee protection laws and norms, and the space for independent civil society to operate in safety.

The world is facing an unprecedented crisis. Covid-19 has claimed thousands of lives and the number increases daily. This pandemic requires a global response, and one that ensures that no country is left behind. Covid-19 will not be stopped by borders, nationality, ethnicity, faction or faith and we must respond to it together.

International allies are understandably pre-occupied with their own national emergencies at this time, but the situation in Afghanistan threatens to rapidly become one of the worst affected countries, intensifying this global public health crisis. Afghanistan already has one of the most at-risk populations in the world. The recent announcement by the US State Department to cut $1 Billion worth of aid raises serious risks at a moment of heightened fragility. This cut could have major humanitarian implications, as any drop in funding to institutions and services would reduce the country’s ability to treat patients and contain and control the virus in Afghanistan and beyond.

The international community has a critical role to play in preventing deaths on a huge scale. This global crisis can only be addressed in Afghanistan if all sides to the conflict agree to a full and immediate humanitarian ceasefire.We must support the call by UN Secretary General António Guterres for a global ceasefire.

An outbreak of Covid-19 in Afghanistan will be devastating as the country now faces multiple crises: a fragile peace process, escalating conflict, weakened international support, and now Covid-19.  While official numbers of infection remain low, likely due to a lack of testing, the Afghan Health Minister has warned that up to 80% of the population will be infected, with little capacity or provisions to support or treat the sick. 

In recent weeks, at least 115,000 Afghans have crossed the border from Iran. Without robust control and containment mechanisms at border crossings, combined with limited medical provisions, the number of cases across the country will soon spike.

Access to health care in Afghanistan is significantly compromised due to violence and insecurity, and its public health system remains weak: with many facilities facing chronic shortages of medicines, equipment and doctors. On average, just $8 per capita per year is spent on health care in the country. Health facilities and practitioners have regularly been targeted throughout the conflict. Escalating violence now threatens to add to the strain, making it even more difficult for those in need to access life-saving services.

We are all in this together. A global response to battle this pandemic must include the citizens of the most vulnerable countries in the world. This is the only way to protect our collective public health.

Afghan Association of London, UK

Afghan Cultural and Solidarity Association  (AKIS), Austria

Afghan Cultural Centre, Austria

Afghan Diaspora Network, Norway

Afghan NGOs Coordination Bureau,  Afghanistan

Afghan Professionals Network, UK

Afghan Students Association,  Switzerland

Afghan Voice Radio, UK

Afghan Women Empowerment and  Support Organization (AWEASO)

Afghan Women Skills Development  Centre (AWSDC), Afghanistan

Afghan Women's Education Centre  (AWEC), Afghanistan

Afghan Women's Network (AWN),  Afghanistan

Afghan Wulas Culture and Sport Association,  Austria

Afghan Youth Association, UK

Afghanistan and Central Asian Association, UK

Afghanistan Civil Society Forum (ACSFo),  Afghanistan

Afghanistan Community Foundation (ACF),  Afghanistan

Afghanistan Democracy and  Development Organization (ADDO), Afghanistan

Afghanistan Independent Human  Rights Commission (AIHRC), Afghanistan

Afghanistan Institute for Civil Society (AICS),  Afghanistan

Afghanistan Youth Greens (AYG),  Afghanistan

Alliance for Peacebuilding,  International

Arman Basharat Cultural and Service  Institute, Afghanistan

ArtLords, Afghanistan

British & Irish Agencies  Afghanistan Group (BAAG), UK

Canadian Women for Women in  Afghanistan, Canada

CARE, International

Centre for Civilians in Conflict  (CIVIC), US

Centre for Peace and Conflict  Studies, Cambodia

CINEP / Peace Program, Colombia

Citizen Foundation,  Afghanistan

Civil Society Working Committee  (CSWC), Afghanistan

Conciliation Resources, UK

Conservative Friends of Afghanistan, UK

Danner Afghanistan Women  Empowerment Organization, Afghanistan

Dialogue Solutions, Trinidad and  Tobago

Dr Sima Samar, Minister of Human  Rights and International Affairs, Afghanistan

Dynamique Citoyenne, Cameroon

Equality for Peace and Democracy  (EPD), Afghanistan

General Muslima Amani Deputy  Director, Passport Office, Afghanistan

General Nafisa Neekmanish, Head of  Security Department Herat, Afghanistan

Georgetown Institute for Women,  Peace and Security, US

Global Legal Action Network (GLAN),  UK

Global Witness, International

Gulalai Akbari MP, Afghanistan

Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar, UK

Hayat Balkh Institute of Health (HBIHS)

Help Refugees, International

Homa Ahmadi MP, Afghanistan

Human Rights 360, International

ICAN, International

Improvement Way Organization (IWO), Afghanistan  

Independent Cooperation for Change (ICC),  Afghanistan

Intercultural Development Centre,  Austria

Khabar journalism Center (KJC), Afghanistan

Labour Friends of Afghanistan, UK

Madre, International

Members of Women Mediators Across  the Commonwealth (WMC), International

Mercy Corps, International

Mother of Hope, Cameroon

Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)

Organisation for Social and  Economic Development, Helmand, Afghanistan

Organization for Policy Research &  Development Studies (DROPS), Afghanistan

Oxfam International

Paikan TV, Afghanistan

PATH Organization, Afghanistan

Peace Museum Vienna, Austria

Radio Afghan Diaspora, Austria

Radio Nehad, Afghanistan

Refugee Trauma Initiative (RTI),  Greece

Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF),  International

Roshanai Social Service  Organisation (RSSO), Afghanistan

Salah Consortium, Afghanistan

Search for Common Ground,  International

South Western Afghanistan and Baluchistan  Agency for Coordination, Afghanistan

The Afghan Sport and Cultural  Association New Start, Austria

The European Afghan Women's  Gathering, Europe

The Farkhunda Trust, UK

The Friends Committee on National  Legislation, US

The Khaled Hosseini Foundation,  International

The Liaison Office (TLO), Afghanistan

Training Human Rights Association,  Afghanistan

Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan  (TEFA), Afghanistan

Universal Peace Federation, Austria

Vienna Institute for International  Dialogue and Cooperation, Austria

Voices for Creative Non Violence,  UK

Women and Children's Legal Research  Foundation, Afghanistan

Women and Youth Support Centre (WYSC),  Afghanistan

Women Cross DMZ, International

Women for Justice Organisation,  Afghanistan

Women for Peace and Participation,  International

Women's Capacity and Development  Organisation (WCBDO), Afghanistan

Women's Regional Network, South Asia

Youth and Children Development Programme  (YCDP), Afghanistan