Abuse of Afghan Children: Justice for Potential Victims of Peter Daglish

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Peter Dalglish is pictured in a 2014 file photo.

Peter Daglish, former UN-Habitat Senior Official for Afghanistan and founder of Street Kids International, was arrested on April 8, 2018 by Nepal Police on charges of pedophilia and child sex trafficking. Nepal's Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) confirmed that Dalglish is facing charges in a case involving two boys under the age of 15. A Nepali police spokesperson said CIB is also investigating the possibility of more victims, adding that Dalglish could remain in custody for up to 25 days while the investigation continues. Dalglish was arrested at a home about 50 kilometers north of Kathmandu. Two girls, aged 12 and 14, were also found in the home.  If convicted, Dalglish faces up to 15 years in prison.

Director of DIG Pushkar Karki told Nepal’s My Republica that Daglish promised parents he would educate disadvantaged children and then provide them with jobs abroad.

"Our preliminary investigation has found that he has been targeting children from poor financial backgrounds and sexually abusing them. Given his…high profile in the humanitarian sector, he would easily win the trust of the family members and later exploit their children."

Diglish’s involvement in high profile projects supporting street- and war-affected children in Afghanistan raises concerns that he might have been involved in similar child abuse and exploitation cases during his interactions with Afghan children.

Since learning about his arrest, we conducted online research on his work in Afghanistan, which produced photos of him inappropriately touching children.

We call on the President of Afghanistan, Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Afghanistan Attorney General’s Office, Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), and United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) to launch an investigation of Diglish’s potential misconduct and exploitation of children with whom he engaged during his work in Afghanistan.

We also invite Afghan civil society organizations, children’s rights institutions, and potential victims to report any cases of abuse to AIHRC via the following contact information:

Telephone: (+93) 020 2500676 - 020 2500197

Email: aihrc@aihrc.org.af