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  • December 1, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: ICC Prosecutor Finds Grave Crimes
    Human Rights Watch: The prosecutor’s office of the International Criminal Court (ICC) should expedite its preliminary inquiry on grave international crimes committed in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said today. In its November 2013 Report on Preliminary Examination Activities, the ICC prosecutor’s office found that “[W]ar crimes and crimes against humanity were and continue to be committed in Afghanistan,”...      Full news...

  • November 30, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A woman’s account of Jehadi warlords’ crimes: Overcoming Odds to Fight for Justice
    The Killid Group: Deep sorrow has turned Shahfiqa Salehzai’s hair grey. In 1989 she was a married woman with three children. She worked in the development sector in a company called Yama. Her husband was a fighter pilot. Life couldn’t have been better. “We were a happy family. I had been married for 10 years. I had three children, the two older girls were nine and seven years old, and my son was the youngest,” she says.      Full news...

  • November 29, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Ghazni Militia Holds Locals to Ransom
    IWPR: Leaders of a militia force established to fight Taleban forces in Ghazni province in Afghanistan have set up private prisons where they torture and extort money from local people, an IWPR investigation has found. More than 50 villagers have told IWPR of abuses they have suffered at the hands of pro-government paramilitaries at three detention centres in Ghazni’s Moqor district.      Full news...

  • November 28, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Two women found hanged from tree, naked
    BBC Persian (Translated by RAWA): Local officials of Logar province in south eastern Afghanistan say they have found two female corpses. Din Mohammad Darwesh, the spokesperson of the Logar governor told BBC that yesterday, November 27, the bodies of two women were found hanged from a tree in the Baraki Barak district of this province.      Full news...

  • November 27, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Ministry accused of aiding chromite smuggling
    PAN: The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum has intentionally paved the ground for illegal mining and smuggling of chromite in central Logar province, officials alleged on Wednesday. Chromite is an industrially important mineral for the production of metallic chromium, used as an alloying ingredient in stainless and tool steels, as well as a refractory material, because it has high heat stability.      Full news...

  • November 25, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Husband slaughters wife in Afghan province
    PAN: As the world marked the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, a man slaughtered his wife in northwestern Faryab province, an official said on Monday. The 25 years old, after two years of her marriage with the man, was strangulated on Sunday night in Khwaja Sabzposh district, the town’s administrative head, Abdullah Masoomi, told Pajhwok Afghan News.      Full news...

  • November 25, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Proposal to Restore Stoning for Adultery
    Human Rights Watch: The Afghan government should immediately reject a proposal to restore stoning as punishment for adultery. A working group led by the Justice Ministry that is assisting in drafting a new penal code has proposed provisions on “moral crimes” involving sex outside of marriage that call for stoning.      Full news...

  • November 24, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Eloping Baghlan pair shot to death
    PAN: Locals shot dead a girl and her boyfriend after they eloped in northern Baghlan province, officials said Saturday. The girl eloped with Saifullah, but they were caught by the people in the Ghori area on the outskirts of Pul-i-Khumri, Abdullah, said a police commander, also the boy brother.      Full news...

  • November 23, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ISAF blamed for killing civilians in Batikot
    PAN: International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) soldiers killed two civilians in the Batikot district of eastern Nangarhar province, the Presidential Palace said, but the alliance insisted the dead were militants. Nangarhar Governor Attaullah Ludin said ISAF troops raided the houses of two brothers, who were labourers, in the Shabdiani locality of Batikot. The incident resulted in the killing of both, the statement added.      Full news...

  • November 22, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Pact Provides for Permanent US Occupation of Afghanistan
    World Socialist Web Site: A draft agreement reached late Wednesday night between Washington and the puppet regime of President Hamid Karzai calls for as many as 15,000 foreign troops, the vast majority of them American, to continue occupying Afghanistan through 2024 and beyond. The deal would also leave the Pentagon in control of nine major bases spread across eight provinces.      Full news...

  • November 20, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan refugees in Iran face abuse, forced deportations: HRW
    The New York Times: They have few rights, can be arrested on sight and deprived of a trial, and are often deported four, five or more times — and no sooner are they across the border than they head back. Sometimes they are victims of vigilante justice; routinely, as unauthorized immigrants, they are denied work.      Full news...

  • November 18, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A cobbler robbed by rebels of daily income
    PAN: A 13-year-old son of an Afghan National Army (ANA) soldier, who lost both his legs to a roadside bombing, says Taliban daily come to his shoemaking shop in the Batikot district of Nangarhar province and snatch his earning. Nizam said his father lost his legs during a patrol in eastern Kunar province, an incident that changed his life. His father would feed his family until he was not disabled.      Full news...


  • November 17, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Fuel prices rise as mercury falls
    The Killid Group: Traders and importers have combined to hike the price of cooking gas and other fuel for heating as winter begins to bite. Consumers are feeling the pinch of the rivalry between the Association of Oil Importers and the Ghazanfar Group. Corruption at the customs on the border, a hike in taxes and the blocking of Ghazanfar refinery has sent fuel prices zooming.      Full news...

  • November 17, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Corruption shadow on mining
    The Killid Group: Herat’s provincial authorities led by Governor Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi are accusing the department of mines of allowing “powerful people” to “loot” the mines. In an exclusive interview the governor told Killid, “The mines department of Herat has no control of the mines at all. There is no real supervision of the extraction, which is being exploited by powerful people.”      Full news...

  • November 14, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A War Without End: US Atrocities in Afghanistan
    CounterPunch: US drones murder Afghan civilian men, women and children. American grounds forces do it up close and personal. US inflicted death, torture and other atrocities reflect daily life. Ordinary Afghans suffer most. They struggle to survive. American aggression is one of history’s greatest crimes. War criminals remain unpunished. Accountability is denied. Conflict persists. It’s Washington’s longest war. It’s longer than WW I and II combined.      Full news...

  • November 13, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN report says Afghan opium poppy production hits record high
    The Associated Press: Afghanistan’s opium production surged this year to record levels, despite international efforts over the past decade to wean the country off the narcotics trade, according to a report released Wednesday by the U.N.’s drug control agency. The harvest this past May resulted in a staggering 5,500 metric tons (6,060 tons) of opium, 49 percent higher than last year and more than the combined output of the rest of the world.      Full news...

  • November 11, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Father barters 5-year-old daughter for land
    PAN: A man has bartered his five years old daughter to a boy in return for 1.5-acre of land in northern Jawzjan province, fuelling concerns among rights campaigners. Maghfirat Samimi, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) chief for Jawzjan, Faryab and Sar-i-Pul provinces, identified the minor girl as Asma -- a resident of Darzab district.      Full news...

  • November 10, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Local police officer illicitly digging up chromite with foreign troops
    PAN: The Integrity Watch Afghanistan on Sunday alleged an Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander was illegally extracting chromite in huge quantity over the past year with cooperation from foreign troops in eastern Kunar province. After a year-long investigation, the non-governmental organisation released a report on the unlawful extraction of chromite in the Akhunzadagan village...      Full news...

  • November 9, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    No childhood for most children
    The Killid Group: Child labour is rampant in Afghanistan. Many children are forced by circumstances to do hard labour for a trifling wage. They risk long-term health problems, even death. For most children a normal childhood and school are distant dreams.An Independent Media Consortium (IMC) investigation*. On the basis of information provided by the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD) there are 1.9 million working children in the country.      Full news...

  • November 8, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Marine guilty of Afghanistan murder
    BBC News: A Royal Marine has been found guilty by a military court of murdering an injured Afghan insurgent, in what the prosecution called “an execution”. The sergeant, known only as Marine A, faces a mandatory life term over the shooting of the unknown man while on patrol in Helmand Province, in 2011. Two other marines were cleared.      Full news...

  • November 7, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    HRW calls for prosecution of US personnel involved in abuse
    Human Rights Watch: The United States government should undertake a thorough and impartial investigation into new allegations of US complicity in the killings of 18 men in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said today. An article published on November 6, 2013, by Rolling Stone magazine contains new information that US personnel were implicated in the killings in Nerkh district, Wardak province, which occurred in late 2012 and early 2013.      Full news...

  • November 6, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Minister Says 12,000 Afghan Heritage Sites At Risk
    TOLOnews.com: Addressing the 4th Milad-e-Kabul Cultural & Research Festival on Wednesday, the Afghan Minister of Information and Culture Makhdom Raheen said that more than 12,00 cultural heritage sites in Afghanistan are under threat of damage or destruction. Most would say Afghanistan has come a long way from the days of the Taliban when the famous Bamyan Buddhas became targets for military artillery.      Full news...

  • November 6, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mayor’s son stabs engineer to death
    PAN: The Faizabad mayor’s son stabbed to death a construction engineer in northeastern Badakhshan province, an official said on Wednesday. Col. Syed Jahangir Karamat, the deputy police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the victim, Ahmad Javed was on the way to his brother wedding’s ceremony in Faizabad.      Full news...

  • November 3, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    5.3 percent of Afghan population are drug users
    The New York Times: The addicts stalk the streets of this border post like hollowed-out skeletons, hair matted by filth and eyes glassy. The villages that hug the roads are veritable zombie towns, where families of men, women and children hide their addiction within barren mud compounds. “Sometimes I feel it is better to die than live like this,” said Haidar, 30, seated on the floor of his living room beside a small tin of sugarlike powder.      Full news...

  • November 2, 2013 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Comment: Meet the most crooked cop in Afghanistan
    Foreign Policy: Afghan police chief Sarwar Jan was accused of sexually abusing teen boys on U.S. bases in Afghanistan when U.S. Marines pressed to have him removed from power in a violent district in 2010. Turns out that might only be the beginning of his crimes, though.      Full news...