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  • September 28, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban detain and violently beat employees of Daikundi local radio station
    Rukhshana: Taliban forces have detained three employees of Radio Naseem in central Daikundi province and sealed its office closed, according to two local sources.Naseem Radio station was mostly active in the field of health and environment in Daikundi province and had recently published several reports about the situation of women in the province. The three men were also forced to commit to not speak to external media or reporters.      Full news...

  • September 28, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban detain a woman protester and her son in Kabul without charge
    Rukhshana: An Afghan women protestor and her adult son have been detained by Taliban forces in a raid on the family home in Qala-e-Fatullah in Kabul. Mrs Parsi is one of the protesting women and a member of the women’s movement called the Spontaneous Women’s Movement in Kabul. She has participated in many demonstrations for women’s rights in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • September 26, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Herat girls’ hostel may become a religious school as Taliban expand school agenda
    Rukhshana: Fears are growing of the Taliban’s moves to expand extremist religious schools in Afghanistan, with more buildings allegedly being claimed for this purpose.Since taking power in Afghanistan over two years ago, the Taliban have been slowly building more religious schools across the country.Two buildings of the Herat teacher training center were turned into jihadist schools in April. Before the Taliban takeover in August 2021, more than four thousand men and women had been studying teaching in the center.      Full news...

  • September 25, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Toxic Legacy: What America Left Behind In Afghanistan
    Undark Magazine: In April 2017, the U.S. military dropped the most powerful conventional bomb ever used in combat here: the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, known unofficially as the “mother of all bombs,” or MOAB. “All the people living in Asad Khel village became ill after that bomb was dropped,” says Wali, a 27-year-old farmer, pulling up the leg of his shalwar kameez to show me the red bumps stretched across his calves. “I have it all over my body.” He says he got the skin disease from contamination left by the MOAB.      Full news...

  • September 21, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN records torture, deaths of detainees in Taliban custody
    Reuters: The United Nations has recorded over 1,600 incidents of rights violations against people detained by the Taliban authorities, nearly half of them acts of torture and ill-treatment mostly by police and intelligence agents, a report released on Wednesday showed. The U.N. Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) said 18 people had also died in prisons and in the custody of police and intelligence in the 19 months ending July 2023.      Full news...

  • September 19, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Mental health among women deteriorating across Afghanistan, UN report finds
    AP: The mental health of Afghan women, who have suffered under harsh measures imposed by the Taliban since taking power two years ago, has deteriorated across the country, according to a joint report from three U.N. agencies released Tuesday. Nearly 70 percent reported that feelings of anxiety, isolation and depression had grown significantly worse between April and June, an increase from 57 percent in the preceding quarter, according to the report from U.N Women, the International Organization for Migration and the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.      Full news...

  • September 16, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bamyan morality police threaten shopkeepers against selling “immodest” women’s clothes
    Rukhshana: The Taliban’s Vice and Virtue department in Bamyan released a statement that they had a meeting with local traders and businessmen to inform them that tight and thin clothes are “against Islamic Sharia and Afghan culture” and residents should not use such clothes.Fashion shops in Bamyan province have been told to stop importing short or tight dresses to sell at the market, according to shopkeepers in Bamyan Bazaar.      Full news...

  • September 9, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Report: ‘Disturbing Surge’ in Afghan Female Suicides, Attempted Suicides
    VOA: There has been a “disturbing surge” in the number of female suicides and attempted female suicides in Afghanistan since the Taliban took control in 2021, according to a report by British newspaper The Guardian. The Taliban government has not published any statistics on the phenomenon and has forbidden health care workers from sharing the numbers, the newspaper said. However, the report said health care providers agreed to privately share the information from August 2021 to August 2022 “to highlight an urgent public health crisis” that has made Afghanistan one of the few locations in the world where more women than men kill themselves.      Full news...

  • September 8, 2023 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    HRW: Taliban are committing the Crime Against Humanity of Gender Persecution
    HRW: Taliban authorities in Afghanistan are committing the crime against humanity of gender persecution against women and girls, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Since taking over the country in August 2021, the Taliban have imposed laws and policies intended to deny women and girls throughout the country their fundamental rights because of their gender.      Full news...