Practice Relating to Rule 138. The Elderly, Disabled and Infirm
Afghanistan’s Presidential Decree on Special Operations (2012) states:
Handing over the Special Operations from … NATO to [the] mixed – MoD [Ministry of Defence], MoI [Ministry of the Interior] and NDS [National Directorate of Security] – Afghan security forces was an essential [step] to ensure and guarantee the national sovereignty and rule of law in Afghanistan. Implementation of such operation[s] makes the responsibilities of the judicial and justice bodies harder, and requires them to have a[n] [in-]depth concentration on the fundamental rights and freedom[s] of the citizens, guaranteed in the Constitution and Criminal Procedure Code in [all] phases – inspection, detection, investigation, prosecution and trial.
Thus, I order observance of the following provisions … :
4. During the Special Operations … special measures [are to] be taken to protect juveniles, women and overage people … .
In 2009, in its initial report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, Afghanistan stated:
National Strategy for Children with Disabilities
57. In addition to social policies for children, the National Strategy for Children with Disabilities ha[s] been adopted by the MoLSAMD [Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs & Disabled] in 2008 which assists children with disabilities by taking measures in education, health, and technical and professional training according to their disability needs and promoting participation in national and international forums …
211. Afghanistan has around 1,000,000 people who were disabled during the conflict years. It is estimated that there are around 196,000 children with disabilities aged 7 to 18 years, of which 56 per cent are boys and 44 per cent are girls. Some 268 children with hearing impairment have been enrolled in special schools. Computer and English courses have been provided for 51 children with disabilities, six hearing impaired children have finished grade 12, and 105 ramps have been built for accessibility in different locations.
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