Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission

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Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission

Listed as a partner organization of the International Center for Transitional Justice.


"From 2002 to 2005, the Commission received a total of US$ 16 million referring to contributions from Denmark, Switzerland, Finland, Norway, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, New Zealand, OHCHR, and UNHCR. New partners joined the list of donors providing financial support to AIHRC in 2006, such as Australia, the Netherlands, and Ireland." Annual Report 2005-2006 pdf


"Throughout 2006, the HREU provided Human Rights Education material such as brochures, posters, magazines and books, and worked in close collaboration with the civil society organization listed below:

Annual Report 2005-2006 pdf

Resource Center of the Afghan Human Rights Commission

"Besides other units of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, the resource center of this Commission is to provide facilities such as books, audio and visual materials, technical and training materials to other units of this commission whenever they need.

"This center started its activities in November 2003 and most of its resources have been donated by USAID and the remaining available equipments and materials have been prepared by the Commission itself." [1]


  • Sima Samar, Chairperson
  • Ahmad Fahim Hakim - Commissioner Fahim Hakim is a qualified social and development worker with over 12 years of experience working as an activist and Mobilizer for peace building and human rights activities. He worked as director of an Afghan network called Co-operation for Peace and Unity before joining the Commission. As an active member of the Afghan civil society he attended the Bonn Conference. He has an MA on Post-war Recovery, PRDU, the University of York, UK. Currently he is deputy chair of the Commission.
  • Ahmad Nader Nadery - Commissioner Nader Nadery is a qualified lawyer and political analyst. He was actively involved in civil society initiatives in Afghanistan and represented the Afghan Civil Society in The Bonn Conference (UN talks on Afghanistan). Mr. Nadery is a founding member to Afghan Civil Society Forum and a board member of directors of the Foundation for Civil Society and Culture. Before joining the Commission, he worked respectively as programme co-ordinator with the International Human Rights Law Group and spokesman of the Emergency Loya Jirga.
  • Mohammad Farid Hamidi - Commissioner Farid Hamidi is a well-known lawyer with extensive experience on criminology and investigation. He had attended various national and international conferences and events relevant to human rights promotion and protection. Before joining the Commission, Mr. Hamidi was member of the Emergency Loya Jirga and responsible for developing rules and regulation for election. He has worked closely with the Judicial Reform Commission in the training of lawyers and judges on international human rights law and standards.
  • Hangama Anwari - Commissioner Hangama Anwari is a qualified Afghan lawyer with extensive working experience of community based initiatives and a well-known advocate and activist for human rights and particularly in promotion of women’s rights. She worked in senior positions with the UN- Habitat as well as a. member of the United Nation Human Right consultative group and founding member for culture and civil society. She has been involved in various research activities in the field of human rights and women’s rights. Before joining the Commission she was working with UN-Habitat.
  • Ahmad Zia langari - Commissioner Zia Langari has been, as an activist, involved in human rights activities since 1991. He worked in senior positions with national and international NGOs working for awareness raising and human rights programmes. He attended several national and regional forums. A well-known human rights activist and advocate, before joining the Commission he worked in senior positions with CCA, an Afghan NGO mandated for human rights protection and promotion.
  • Hossain Ramoz



Karti 3
Kabul, Afghanistan
Phone: +93 (20) 2500676
Fax: +93 (20) 2500677
Email: aihrc AT

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