Category: Afghanistan

In Brutal Year, 7th Journalist Is Killed in Afghanistan

Published in The New York Times on Sep. 17: An Afghan woman has become the seventh journalist killed in Afghanistan so far this year, an Afghan media group said Wednesday, adding to a toll that has already made 2014 by far the deadliest year for the news media here since the fall of the Taliban. Palwasha Tokhi, who worked for...

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Afghan gang rape trial badly flawed: Human Rights Watch

Published in IBNLIVE.com on Sep. 10 :: An Afghan court’s conviction of seven men for a gang rape was wholly undermined by numerous due process violations and political interference, Human Rights Watch has said. The court of appeals should competently, impartially and independently conduct judicial review of the September 6 trial and the resulting death sentences. A Kabul primary court...

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Standards dealing with human rights issues should be fair

Published in People’s Daily on Aug. 05 :: By Volker Tschapke, Prussian Association President (CNTV) :: I went to China for the first time in 1984, and after 2009, I went there at least once a year. Every time when I returned Germany, I began to look forward to the next China trip. I have enjoyed complete freedom in China. China is very safe; it’s one of the countries that have the lowest crime rate...

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Taliban Should Stop Blocking Polio Teams

Published in Human Rights Watch Website :: Vaccination Ban Puts Children at Risk in Helmand Province (New York) The Taliban insurgency should stop preventing mobile polio vaccination teams from operating in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province, Human Rights Watch said today. Since as early as February 2014, the Taliban have prohibited the Afghan Public Health Ministry from deploying mobile vaccination teams in...

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Afghan cauldron on the boil again

Published in The Asian Age, July 10th. Instead of stabilising the country, Afghanistan’s presidential election can destabilise it further. While acknowledging electoral fraud, the chairman of the Independent Election Commission, Ahmad Yousuf Nuristani, has gone ahead and announced the preliminary results of the presidential runoff. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai — a Pushtun who worked for the World Bank earlier — was...

SAHR Mourns the Death of Mrs. Sithie Tiruchelvam

24 March 2014 SAHR Mourns the Death of Mrs. Sithie Tiruchelvam South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) mourns the death of Mrs. Sithie Tiruchelvam, human rights activist, Attorney-at-Law and former Bureau Member of SAHR, who passed away on 22 March 2014. She is also a founder member of the Foundations for Peace (FfP) network – a worldwide network of community...

Afghanistan: Suraia Perlika- “We cannot trust our statesmen”

Suraia Perlika is an activist for human and women’s rights. She founded the Democratic Women’s Organization with five other women in 1965. In 1978, she was held as a political prisoner and tortured for her activities related to women’s rights. After her release, she resumed the presidency of the Democratic Women’s Organization, became President of the Afghan Red Crescent Society,...

Afghanistan: Candidates’ Positions on Rights in Spotlight – HRW

Presidential candidates’ positions on human rights should be a central focus in the run-up to the April 2014 presidential elections in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing candidates’ responses to a new human rights questionnaire. Four of the 11 candidates in Afghanistan’s scheduled April 5, 2014 presidential election responded to a Human Rights Watch questionnaire on the country’s...

Afghanistan: Rights Setbacks Fan Future Fears – HRW

Afghanistan’s human rights situation regressed in key areas in 2013, increasing uncertainty about the country’s future, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014. Government policies on human rights were negatively affected by the end-2014 deadline for the withdrawal of international combat forces and the negotiations over US troop presence after 2014. Human rights concerns increasingly took center...