A new draft law in Afghanistan that would limit testimony in domestic violence cases is drawing international outcry, with activists warning it is part of a broader trend toward rolling back women’s rights in the nation.
In practice, legal experts say, it would mean that a woman cannot testify that her uncle raped her, that a mother who sees her daughter beaten by her father or brother, cannot testify, that family members witnessing a young woman being forced into marriage by her father cannot be used in a prosecution, that a sister or brother who witnesses an honor killing cannot be questioned.
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In Afghanistan, one education advocate is doing her utmost to help children–particularly girls–receive an education.
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In Afghanistan, women continue to face abuse and forced marriages.
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In a new book, An American Bride in Kabul, Phyllis Chesler writes about five months she spent in Afghanistan in the 1960s, and how she almost died before she managed to escape and annul her ill-fated marriage.
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Afghan President Hamid Karzai should take urgent action to fight child marriage and domestic violence or risk further harm to development and public health in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president.
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One of Afghanistan’s most senior female police officers has been shot dead just months after her predecessor was also gunned down, highlighting the dangers women in positions of authority face as the country prepares for the withdrawal of most Western troops next year.
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Taliban fighters have kidnapped a female parliamentarian who was travelling by car through Afghanistan’s central Ghazni province with her children, a local police commander said, the latest in a string of high-profile, violent attacks on women.
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In Afghanistan, women are concerned that their rights will be increasingly repressed by a resurgent Taliban in the wake of a U.S. troops withdrawal.
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In Afghanistan, the story of Sarah Gul’s early forced marriage and abuse by her in-laws shocked the public but now her tormentors are free. The torture began shortly after her brother sold her to the family for an underage wedding, when she baulked at the family’s effort to force her into prostitution. Her new husband did not participate in the abuse, but nor did he try to stop his father, mother and sister.
By the end of her ordeal she was so weak she had to be rescued from her makeshift prison in a wheelbarrow.The unexpected release of her in-laws has terrified the young girl and could jeopardise her recovery.”The sister-in-law when she saw her in court said: ‘We didn’t kill you then, but when I get out, I will kill you.’”
Women’s rights groups fear the Afghan government’s efforts to bring the Taliban into the political fold may mean a step back in time for the country’s women.
President Hamiz Karzai nominated Abdul Rahman Hotak to be Commissioner on the newly established human rights commission. Hotak opposes Karzai’s proposed Elimination of Violence Against Women law (EVAW), which would make domestic and public violation against women punishable by law. Criticized for being un-Islamic, the proposed law has been languishing in Afghanistan’s Parliament since 2009.
During the Taliban’s rule, Hotak worked for the Taliban’s education directorate. Later, he was editor of the Taliban newspaper “Afghan Sunrise”.