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West fears more backsliding on Afghan women’s rights

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Stars and Stripes, 12 February 2014

In an article about the controversial planned amendment of the Afghan Criminal Code, the newspaper extensively quotes AAN's Christine Roehrs about details or the law:

Christine Roehrs, an analyst with the Afghanistan Analysts Network, said the law is very similar to one already on the books saying relatives cannot be forced to testify against a family member, and has precedent in international law.

The crucial difference between the proposed law and existing Afghan code, however, is that, currently, the law has three exceptions: if the victim is a relative, if a relative initially reported the crime, and if there is no other proof available.

The proposed Article 26 amendment would block investigators from even requesting that a family member testify, regardless of whether they’re the victim or the one who reported the crime. The family member would have to volunteer on their own to testify in court.

Roehrs said that, in many cases, that is unlikely.

“People want to protect the family’s honor — and their own — rather than appearing in court, and the victim is just a girl,” she said, referring to many Afghan men’s disregard for women.

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