Thursday 2 September 2021 / 8:27 AM International Development

Labour’s three priority areas to tackle the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

Preet Kaur Gill, Labour’s Shadow Development Secretary, has set out Labour’s three priority areas to tackle the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

Following Foreign and Development Secretary, Dominic Raab’s poor Select Committee performance, Preet Kaur Gill, Labour’s Shadow Development Secretary has demanded clarifications from the Government over how it will ensure humanitarian support is provided to the Afghan people to prevent more lives being lost.

Preet has called on the Foreign Secretary to immediately take action to:

  • Provide humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people through the UN and trusted partners to prevent the country falling into further chaos, risking lives and the risk of it becoming a haven for terror.
  • Support Internally Displaced People and refugees including working with neighbouring countries to keep their borders open and support refugees.
  • Protect human rights of the Afghan people who remain by working with a broad coalition of countries including the G20 to establish mechanisms for holding those who infringe on fundamental human rights to account.

Preet has highlighted the failures of Raab and government in the past 18 months to prepare for the withdrawal from Afghanistan including scrapping a world leading development department and slashing the aid budget to Afghanistan cutting programmes which were preventing trafficking of children and supporting women with sexual and reproductive health programmes, and job opportunities.

Preet Kaur Gill MPLabour’s Shadow Development Secretary, commenting on the Foreign and Development Secretary’s abandonment of the Afghan people, said:

“The actions of the Foreign and Development Secretary over the last 18 months have contributed to the chaos we have seen in the last two weeks.

“The retreat from the world stage under his tenure allowed for a drastic cut to life saving programmes which were supporting the Afghan people in the run up to the US withdrawal and weakened Britain’s role in the world.

“The Foreign and Development Secretary needs to stop blaming others, take responsibility for his failures and set out a clear strategy to support the Afghan people and prevent the humanitarian crisis getting any worse.”