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133 Children Die a Day in Afghanistan

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Khaama Press (Kabul), 6 January 2013 The news agency’s report points out that ‘diarrhoeal diseases are responsible for the death of 48,545 children every year in the country’, amounting to 133 a day. ‘Even in the Afghan capital, Kabul, barely 25 percent of people, according to some reports, have direct access to potable water.’ The […]

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Afghan Prosecutor Faces Criticism for Her Pursuit of ‘Moral Crimes’

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New York Times, 28 December 2012 The only woman serving as chief prosecutor in any of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, in Herat, has come to personify the fine line between the progressive and the conservative. She has come under criticism — that her office is jailing women for so-called moral crimes at nearly the highest pace […]

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Put Principles Back at Centre-Stage: Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

Ann Wilkens

While the international community focuses on transition and disengagement from Afghanistan, women´s rights – invoked to justify the 2001 anti-Taleban intervention and thereafter used whenever handy – have again been relegated to the back burner. The continued prioritisation of prosecuting women for ‘moral crimes’ while – despite some recent high-profile cases – under-emphasising rape cases […]

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9 November 2012, Stockholm: SCA report release ‘Missing the Target’

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The Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA), the Kvinna till Kvinna (Women to Women) Foundation and Operation 1325 are releasing ‘Missing the Target – A report on the Swedish commitment for women, peace and security in Afghanistan’ in Sweden’s capital Stockholm on 9 November, authored by Ann Wilkens, a former Swedish ambassador to Pakistan and Afghanistan […]

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Majority of Female Prisoners Jailed for Fleeing Home

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ToloNews, 17 September 2012 An intersting about-face of the Afghan justice minister: after attacking women shelters as havens of prostitution several weeks ago (which drew angry protests and forced him to row back somewhat), he now admitted that most female prisoners in his country are jailed for something that is no crime at all: fleeing […]

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Written in Ice? Protests after the public execution of a woman in Parwan

Obaid Ali

There have been fresh demonstrations condemning the public execution of a young woman, Najiba, in a Taleban-controlled village in a province just to the north of Kabul – in June. The video of the execution, which was shown across the world, alerted many to how near the capital Taleban ‘rule’ extended. However, the target of […]

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Afghanistan must stop the murder of its female leaders

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The Guardian, 17 July 2012 Read the reaction of Afghan women’s rights activist Orzala Ashraf Nemat in the Guardian’s ‘Comment is free’ section: The Afghan government’s rhetoric on women’s rights and condolences when yet another woman is killed are not enough.

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Alleged Taliban Execution Shatters Image Of ‘Taliban-Free’ Province

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RFE, 9 July 2012 An interesting look at the context of the stoning of a young Afghan woman in Parwan province which indicates that the picture of this crime is much more blurred then hitherto reported.

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Torture, Mass Hysteria, and Forced Confession in Afghanistan’s Girls’ Schools

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Newsweek/The Daily Beast, 7 July 2012 Matt Aikins about the latest wave of poisoning of schoolgirls – or is it a phenomenon of mass hysteria. Whatever, the Afghan authorities have already made arrests.

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The Mud Might Stick: Women’s Shelters Again

Sari Kouvo

On 17 June, the Minister of Justice, Habibullah Ghaleb, said that women’s shelters were safe havens for immorality and prostitution. He was later to apologize after stirring up fierce debate in Afghan media and elsewhere about women’s shelters and provoking defences of shelters by activists, the Women’s Affairs Minister and his own deputy. Nevertheless, says […]

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Rape Case, in Public, Cites Abuse by Armed Groups in Afghanistan

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New York Times, 1 June 2012 A young Kuchi women from Kunduz, in an extremely rare case, has gone public after having been raped as a result of an inter-family dispute, with possible involvement of a local ALP unit, and demanded that the perpetrators be punished.

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In Afghanistan, underground girls school defies Taliban edict, threats

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Washington Post, 25 April 2012 So back to square 1? A report about an underground girls school in a Taleban-controlled area, sounds like from the year 2000 or so. WE can just hope that the author changed the name of the village…

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