Those we left behind. Norwegian Afghanistan Policy after Taliban´s seizure of power

Date/Time: 10th of October 12:00-15:30
Place: Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen

This half day conference critically discusses the Human Rights situation in Afghanistan since the Taliban’s seizure of power and Norwegian Afghanistan Policy, past and present.


12:00 – 12:30Welcome and presentation of “Those We Left Behind”
Tom Syring (Human Rights Research League, HRRL) presents key findings of a research project documenting revenge killings and other serious violations of Human Rights since the Taliban take-over of power in Afghanistan. The research was conducted by HRRL over the past year and a half, and was recently presented to the UN Human Rights Council. The report details victim profiles, categories, frequencies and patterns of crime, and exemplifies the complexity of the situation with the help of actual cases, based on more than 400 on-the-ground interviews in all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.

12:30 – 13:30: “Documenting Human Rights Violations”
Richard Bennett (the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Afghanistan)

Fereshta Abbasi (Human Rights Watch), Richard Bennet, Tom Syring, and TBC* MODERATOR: Marthe Sleire Engedal (Juridisk fakultet, UiB)

13:30 – 14:00: Break

14:00-15:30: “Norwegian Afghanistan Policy”
Now we turn to the question of (state) power and to Norwegian Afghanistan policy. Among the issues that will be discussed by the expert panel are: how are the foreign policy choices defined and defended – for example the decision to invite the Taliban for talks to Oslo? What preconditions have been – and should be – stipulated in advance of such talks? Who holds the power of opinion and opinion formation, of discourse management and the power to define criteria of success?

Elisabeth Eide (Oslo MET); Torunn Wimpelman (CMI); Arne Strand (CMI, digital) and TBC*

  • The event will take place in Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen,
  • Tuesday 10 October 2023.
  • It open to all and free of charge.

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Photo credit: Istanbul – Oct 22: Muslim girl, woman sitting in a street of the city. Muslim woman with closed face begging for alms in Istanbul, October 22. 2021 in Turkey. Savvapanf Photo. Shutterstock.