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Good morning, this is Kasmira. As members of the Human Rights Council last week addressed Afghanistan’s dire humanitarian and rights situation, another more discreet meeting was taking place in Geneva over the uncertain fate of billions of dollars in seized foreign reserves meant to benefit the Afghan people.

Meanwhile, the Council is preparing to hold an emergency debate next week over the burning of a Quran outside of a mosque in Sweden. The draft resolution, seen by Geneva Solutions, condemns such acts, describing them as “religious hatred”. And El Niño is sparking renewed health warnings by the WHO.

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Legal address for the Afghan Fund in Geneva, 22 June 2023. (Geneva Solutions/Paula Dupraz-Dobias)

💰Afghan fund stuck in catharsis amid dire humanitarian crisis. Nearly a year after it was established, the operation of a Geneva-registered fund appears frozen in time awaiting for political conditions to shift so that billions of dollars may be returned to Afghanistan’s central bank. Its trustees, who met last week shed little light on the fate of the seized foreign reserves amid a bleak humanitarian and economic backdrop.

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