ORG is working to suggest ways that a lasting peace might be achieved in Afghanistan after 30 years of war. Paul Roger’s international security briefings have been warning of the consequences of interventions - since September 2001.
We also provide alternative thinking on the processes that 30 years of war in Afghanistan can be ended drawing on our work on conflict resolution and political analysis. We often do that in partnership with others. Our joint report: Piecemeal or Peace Deal? Nato, Peace Talks and Political Settlement in Afghanistan, which was co-written with Christian Aid, and Open Society Foundations, argued that:
The main insurgent groups need to be accepted as interlocutors in a political process, along with other major political groupings, as long as they are prepared to talk instead of fight, and within the framework of the current Afghan constitution.
The report is part of a coalition of NGOs called Together Afghanistan running during 2011/12. It brings ORG together with organisations working in Afghanstan such as Oxfam, CARE International UK, Christian Aid and Afghanaid. We argue - together - for a comprehensive process to end the conflict that involves all the main parties - inside and outside Afghanistan
As well as advocating a political end to the fighting, the campaign also calls on ISAF to protect better Afghan civilians caught up in the conflict and ensure there is full transparency on civilian casualties – including that proper investigations are carried out. We say that trust erodes further every time Afghan civilians are killed and injured in air strikes or night raids. International and Afghan forces must, in our view, ensure there is full transparency in the recording of civilian casualties and that all allegations of misconduct, harm or loss of innocent life of civilians are thoroughly and transparently investigated.
ORG’s international network of organisations recording casualties also includes two Afghan members, Afghan Rights Monitor and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission which both record the casualties of the conflict.
Please see our Recording Casualties Programme for more information.
Our legal team is also working on the legal implications of the use of drones by the United States in north-west Pakistan.