Independent Expert on Human Rights for Afghanistan (2004-2006)
In 2004, the UN Secretary-General appointed Professor Bassiouni as UN Independent Expert for Human Rights in Afghanistan. In this capacity, he travelled with ISISC staff to Afghanistan in August 2004 and presented an interim report to the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee in October 2004. Professor Bassiouni returned to Afghanistan with ISISC staff in January 2005 and presented his report to the Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland in April of that year.
Below: A note secretly given to Professor Bassiouni by Pakistani prisoners held at Afghanistan’s notorious Pul-e-Charkhi prison (click for transcription)