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GPC Protection Messages on Afghanistan

The following messages reflect priority protection issues and gaps in Afghanistan, based on analysis from the Afghanistan Protection Cluster. Additional contributions were made by the Global Protection Cluster’s Advocacy and Human Rights Engagement Task Teams. This document remains grounded in the Afghanistan Protection Analysis Update developed in October 2021 and related global key messages, while reflecting rapidly developing protection risks.

Key messages

1. Serious human rights abuses are threatening lives, curtailing basic freedoms and driving fear.

2. High levels of displacement are creating particular protection risks.

3. Harmful coping mechanisms used as a result of the catastrophic economic meltdown are themselves driving a range of protection risks.

4. Continued protection risks, reflecting decades of conflict and violence, are being exacerbated and further entrenched while accessible services and remedies are limited.