Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

Month: November 2017

AAN’s Sari Kouvo discusses the ICC intervention in Afghanistan – November 2017

Sari Kouvo

AAN Co-director Sari Kouvo answered key questions regarding ICC’s intervention in Afghanistan.  

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Afghanistan Election Conundrum (2): A tight date and a debate about technology

Ali Yawar Adili

The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) has announced 7 July 2018 as the date for the next parliamentary (and district councils) elections. It has started the preparations for the elections, but has been grappling with a lack of clarity about the budget and decisions about the use of technology in the elections. These issues […]

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ICC to Probe War Crime Cases in Afghanistan


Tolo TV, 27 November 2017 Watch AAN’s Ehsan Qaane talking with Kabul-based Tolo TV’s Mehwar programme about the forthcoming investigations of war crimes in Afghanistan by the International Criminal Court, explaining background and technicalities: The International Criminal Court’s (ICC) chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has said that the international judicial body is preparing to officially investigate […]

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20 000 euro för en brud – i Afghanistan är vissa traditioner seglivade


YLE Nyheter, 27 November 2017 AAN’s Fazal Muzhary in a conversation on Finnish public radio/TV’s Swedish language website about bride prices in Afghanistan, based on his earlier dispatch.

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Hezb-e Islami leader Hekmatyar is received in Kabul's presidential palace by President Ashraf Ghani and his predecessor Hamed Karzai in May 2017. Photo: Tolo

A Matter of Registration: Factional tensions in Hezb-e Islami

Thomas Ruttig

Hezb-e Islami has run into a legal conflict over registration. This hampers efforts to re-unite the party’s various factions after the return of its ‘historical’ leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, and in the run-up to the elections planned for 2018. It also reflects internal dynamics between a more pragmatic wing of Hezb-e Islami, which is participating in […]

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Un Hitler a l’Afganistan

Thomas Ruttig, 24 November 2017 The Catalan daily newspaper quotes AAN’s Thomas Ruttig in this portrait of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, saying that the presence of foreign troops in the country is one hurdle to the outbreak of a new factional war, feared by many in Afghanistan: “Els actors són els mateixos que als anys noranta. I, com […]

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Der Luftkrieg gegen die afghanische Opiumwirtschaft hat begonnen


Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 23 November 2017 AAN’s Jelena Bjelica quoted in this article by the leading Swiss daily about the US’ airstrikes against heroin labs in Afghanistan: Der drastische Anstieg der Opiumproduktion geht einher mit einer Ausweitung der von den Taliban kontrollierten Gebiete. Afghanistans Drogenwirtschaft mit den Aufständischen gleichzusetzen, wie es mitunter getan wird, sei […]

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The Rome Statute was adopted in the UN Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court in 1998. The Afghan Mujaheddin Government sent a delegation, which was led by current Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, to the Conference. That time Abdullah Abdullah was the Deputy of Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Questions and Answers about the International Criminal Court and its Afghanistan Investigation

AAN Team

On 20 November, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) finally published her request to open a formal investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Afghanistan. This means that the Prosecutor agrees with the result of the preliminary examination showing that crimes meeting the ICC gravity threshold have been committed in […]

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(محکمه بین المللی جزایی و آغاز تحقیقات در افغانستان (چشم انداز بامدادی


BBC Persian Radio, 22 November 2017 Listen to a radio interview with AAN’s Ehsan Qaane on the ICC’s decision to start war crimes investigations in Afghanistan after 2002 (starts at 12:45min in the programme).

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A still image from video posted online by the Organisation for the Protection of Bulgarian Citizens (OPBC), which shows three Afghan migrants captured by the group near the Bulgarian-Turkish border. Photo: Open source.

Far Beneath the European Average: The treatment of Afghan migrants in Bulgaria

Jelena Bjelica

Many Afghan migrants have been opting to travel through Bulgaria, a country bordering Turkey, on their journey to western and northern Europe. This route, while safer than a sea crossing, comes with its own terrifying experiences, as first-hand testimonies of migrants collected by different human rights organisations have shown. In Bulgaria, Afghan migrants are not […]

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Afghan Local Police: The Controversial Force That Fills a Security Gap


Voice of America, 20 November 2017 In a report about an ALP unit in Achin district, AAN research is quoted: An independent group of Kabul based researchers at Afghanistan Analysts Network reported, “Evidence of ALP being imposed on communities, of abusive behavior and of the capture of units by strongmen and tanzims [the old armed […]

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US, Afghanistan forces likely to face war crimes investigation, alongside Taliban


Deutsche Welle, 20 November 2017 Quotes of what AAN colleague Ehsan Qaane has to say about the International Criminal Court’s decision to launch warcrimes investigations in Afghanistan: Ehsan Qaane, a legal and political affairs researcher with the Afghanistan Analysts Network in Kabul, doesn’t want all the excitement over the US-CIA involvement to overshadow where the […]

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