Category: Afghanistan

Afghan women protest against street harassment in Kabul

Afghanistan: Fight Rampant Sexual Harassment

Published in hrw.org on Oct. 14 :: Afghanistan’s new government should take urgent steps to combat sexual harassment of women in education, employment, and public life, Human Rights Watch said today. There are no laws in Afghanistan that specifically prohibit sexual harassment or protect victims. Government institutions lack effective policies to prevent and punish sexual harassment, Human Rights Watch said. ...

Five of seven men convicted of raping and robbing appear at a court in Kabul

Afghanistan: Delay Executions in Rape Case

***Update: The five men convicted in a badly flawed trial following the gang rape of four women in Paghman district were hanged on the afternoon of October 8, 2014 at Kabul’s Pul-i-Charkhi prison. Published in hrw.org on Oct. 07 :: (New York) – President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistanshould delay the execution of five men convicted in a badly flawed trial following...

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...