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Policing Public Morality: Debates on promoting virtue and preventing vice in the Taleban’s second Emirate

The Taleban’s ‘religious police’ are back in force, leaving many Afghans fearing a return to the notorious brutalities of the Taleban’s 1990s Amr bil-Maruf ministry. Yet, two decades on, argues guest author Sabawoon Samim* (with input from Roxanna Shapour), Taleban views on the promotion of virtue and prevention of vice have evolved, as has Afghan […]

Sabawoon Samim Rights and Freedoms

Regime Change, Economic Decline and No Legal Protection: What has happened to the Afghan media?

The Taleban takeover of Afghanistan delivered a devastating blow to one of the Republic’s few achievements – freedom of expression and a vibrant media sector. Since the fall of the Republic, nearly half of Afghanistan’s media outlets have closed and thousands of Afghan journalists and media workers have either left the country, lost their jobs, […]

Ehsan Qaane Rights and Freedoms

Casting a Very Wide Net: Did Ghani just authorise interning Afghans without trial?

A recent decree by President Ghani on how to deal with terrorist crimes has introduced the prospect of detaining, without trial, Afghans (and foreigners in Afghanistan) suspected of planning acts of terrorism. The relevant article allows the Afghan authorities to detain suspects indefinitely on very little evidence and with little or no opportunity to defend […]

Kate Clark Lenny Linke Rights and Freedoms

Translation of the biographies of the Taleban negotiation team

AAN’s translation of the biographies of the Taleban negotiation team members from the original Dari published by the Taleban here, on 12 September 2020, the same day intra-Afghan negotiations began in Doha. AAN has published biographies of the team, drawing on a wide range of sources, here. Honourable Sheikh Mawlawi Abdul Hakim Mawlawi Sheikh Abdul Hakim, son […]

AAN Peace process

Nad Ali desert

One Land, Two Rules (10): Three case studies on Taleban sales of state land

As the Taleban have expanded their areas of control around the country, anecdotal reports have been popping up of Taleban commissions and commanders in several provinces selling state land. However, a closer look into the three most prominent examples – Helmand, Uruzgan and Takhar – reveals a murkier picture than media reports and claims by government […]

Fazl Rahman Muzhary Economy, Development, Environment