Richard Bennett is a visiting professor to RWI and was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan in April 2022. He had his mandate extended a year in October 2022. He has served in Afghanistan on several occasions and has played an important role in in the promotion of transitional justice, child rights, rule of law, rights of people with disabilities and a range of economic, social and cultural rights as well as in the protection of civilians and human rights defenders. Mr. Bennett has been a long-term adviser to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and was in the past Chief of the Human Rights Service with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). He has also carried out two missions in Afghanistan (2003-07 and 2018-19) as Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and head of the human rights components of peacekeeping operations.
We talked to Richard Bennett about the situation in Afghanistan and about his current mission: