The Afghan Constitution came into effect in 2004, but it is yet to be fully implemented. Calls for constitutional change have become louder in recent years. The Hamida Barmaki Organization and the Max Planck Foundation are taking various measures to assist state institutions and civil society in this situation. First, they are organizing seminars on constitutional law for the officials of different state institutions, such as the Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of the Constitution (ICOIC), the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), the National Assembly (Upper House and Lower House), the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and the Independent Election Commission (IEC). Secondly, they provide advice on constitutional matters to high-ranking decision-makers. Thirdly, they support the leadership of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) with courses on human rights in Afghanistan and in international law. Fourthly, they are supporting the Network of Afghan Constitutionalists, a group of civil society actors and state officials, with seminars and information on a wide range of constitutional matters.
Time frame: 1 January 2014 – 31 December 2015 (extension planned)
Place/s: Kabul; Heidelberg (Germany)
Donor/s: Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany