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  • March 15, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Survivors of family killed in Afghanistan raid threaten suicide attacks
    The Times: A family whose members were killed in a botched night raid in eastern Afghanistan have rejected “blood money” from the Government and vowed to carry out suicide attacks unless the perpetrators are brought to justice. Two pregnant women, a teenage girl, a policeman and his brother were shot dead on February 12 by unidentified gunmen. Eight men were arrested in the raid on the village of Khataba in Paktia province. They have all been released.      Full news...

  • March 14, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Nato ‘covered up’ botched night raid in Afghanistan that killed five
    The Times: A night raid carried out by US and Afghan gunmen led to the deaths of two pregnant women, a teenage girl and two local officials in an atrocity which Nato then tried to cover up, survivors have told The Times. In a statement after the raid titled “Joint force operating in Gardez makes gruesome discovery”, Nato claimed that the force had found the women’s bodies “tied up, gagged and killed” in a room.      Full news...

  • March 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    AFGHANISTAN: Women’s rights trampled despite new law
    IRIN: As the world marks International Women’s Day, ambivalence, impunity, weak law enforcement and corruption continue to undermine women’s rights in Afghanistan, despite a July 2009 law banning violence against women, rights activists say. A recent case of the public beating of a woman for alleged elopement - also shown on private TV stations in Kabul - highlights the issue.      Full news...

  • March 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Violence against women persists in Herat
    PAN: Despite efforts at improving their overall situation, women continue to be the target of violence in western Herat province, officials said on the International Women's Day. The Women Affairs Directorate said on Monday 633 cases of violence against females were reported in the province during the last solar year. Human rights officer at the directorate, Soraya Baleegh, told Pajhwok Afghan News the cases were linked to an increase in the number of drug addicts and growing poverty.      Full news...

  • March 5, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    ‘Afghan women lawmakers hamstrung by warlords’
    AFP: Afghan women may hold a quarter of the seats in their country's parliament but many are mere mouthpieces for warlords, who continue to set the legislative agenda, an Afghan women's rights activist said. "Today we have 68 women in the parliament, 25 percent... We have a group of women high in quantity, but low in quality," Voice of Women director Suraya Pakzad told a meeting in the US Congress to mark International Women's Day.      Full news...

  • March 4, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan survivors describe NATO helicopter assault
    McClatchy Newspapers: The military helicopters swooped in from behind the three-vehicle convoy as it wound through a remote road in southern Afghanistan , and survivors of last week's deadly attack said they had no idea they were in danger until the lead four-wheel drive exploded. After seeing the gruesome aftermath of that rocket strike, survivors of the NATO attack told McClatchy , women jumped from the second car and frantically waved their head scarves to try to stop the attack.      Full news...

  • February 28, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The Plight of Afghan Women in Prison
    This is a story about the women and children of Badam Bagh, the only women’s prison in Kabul. It is home to some 90 inmates, many of them mothers. Eighteen-year-old Krishma is one of them..... Fawzia, inmate: “It’s been two months since my arrest. I’m in here because after my husband had hit me, I got angry so I left my house and went to stay with my sister-in-law.” ... In another country, Fawzia and many of the women here would not even be in jail. They would be considered victims rather than perpetrators.      Full news...

  • February 23, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghans call for Nato to leave after airstrike kills 27 civilians
    The Times: Relatives of 27 people killed when Nato aircraft bombed a civilian convoy in southern Afghanistan have demanded that foreign forces leave the country. Afghan officials said that at least four women and a child were among the dead. Twelve other civilians were wounded when three minibuses were attacked on Sunday in a remote part of Uruzgan province. The local governor and the Interior Minister said that all of the victims were civilians.      Full news...

  • February 21, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan girl in comma after being stabbed
    PAN: Police found a married girl stabbed in the neck inside a ruined house in northwestern Ghor province late Saturday evening, officials said on Sunday. The 16-year-old, identified as Shakar, was shifted to a nearby health facility, where doctors say the girl is still in comma. Doctors at Ghor Civil Hospital said the teenager was in a critical condition after she was stabbed in the neck.      Full news...

  • February 18, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Two Afghan women are publicly flogged by local warlord in Ghor
    RAWA News: According to reports by Afghan media, ordered by a local warlord called Fazl Ahad, two Afghan women were publicly flogged in Ghor province in Western Afghanistan. Spokesman of Ghor’s Governor, Abdul Hai Khatibi said these women were forcibly married in Dolina district, but later they both ran away from their husbands' houses. Police in Heart arrested the two and returned them to their village and handed over to their husbands.      Full news...

  • February 17, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bodies of 12 civilians killed by NATO handed over to families
    PAN: The bodies of a dozen people killed in a NATO air strike in Marja district two days ago were handed over to their families. A Marja dweller, who visited the hospital to receive the bodies of his relatives, said he lost 10 members of his family in the strike. He added his parents and a young brother were among his other family members dead in the assault. "No one attacked foreign forces from our house and there were no fighters hiding in our house," he explained.      Full news...

  • February 12, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bodies found gagged, bound after Afghan ‘honor killing’
    CNN: Four people found dead in a southeastern Afghan compound appear to be victims of an honor killing, a senior U.S. military official said on Friday. The bodies were discovered during an operation by Afghan and NATO-led forces in Paktia province, a volatile region along the border of Pakistan. NATO's International Security Assistance Force said the bodies of two men and two women were found      Full news...

  • February 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A witness to horror
    The Sydney Morning Herald: Anyone who has witnessed the horror of a charred body and the putrid stench of burned flesh knows how these sights and smells are seared into your psyche. But to witness such horrific injury to the body of a young woman who has purposefully done this to herself - in a desperate attempt to die – is almost too much to bear. Sydney filmmaker Amin Palangi kept his head down and his eye behind the camera as he filmed shocking scenes of burned young women and girls beng treated in Afghan hospitals.      Full news...

  • February 3, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Women For Sale in Afghanistan
    The Huffington Post: In Shinwar, a district of Nangarhar province, there are two markets, one called Shadal and the other, Pikheh... these markets have one main commodity. And that commodity is women. In Nangarhar markets exist where women are sold. Cases have been reported where a woman was sold with her five children. Another woman was sold to five different people and returned back to the original man who sold her, then killed her.      Full news...

  • January 30, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Mullah Imam Arrested for Raping Two Women
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): The police say that they have arrested a Mullah Imam (a religious cleric who leads the prayers) in connection with the rape of two women in the Imam Sahib District of Kunduz Province. Police chief of Imam Sahib District, Abdul Qayum Ibrahimi stated the culprit’s name as Mullah Rahmatullah and told PAN that he was an Imam in the mosque of the Baika village and had been arrested two days back as he thought to be involved in the rape of two women.      Full news...

  • January 24, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Young Afghan Girl Committed Self-immolation
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): 17-year-old Amina of Chakhansoor District of Nimroz Province committed self-immolation and died because of a forced engagement to an old man. Habibullah, one of Amina’s relatives, told PAN that Dur Mohammad had engaged his daughter (Amina) to 55-year old Faiz Mohammad and in exchange had engaged Faiz’s 22-year old daughter to himself.      Full news...

  • January 23, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Father kills daughter in Sar-i-Pul province of Afghanistan
    PAN: A father killed his 19-year-old daughter who refused to marry a 12-year-old boy in northern Sar-i-Pul province, the deputy governor said on Saturday. ... Maliha reportedly planned to tie the knot with her neighbour Hayatullah, who took here back to her house. Her father, Gul Muhammad, beat her to death after the man left.      Full news...

  • January 20, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: Women Dying and Torture Run Amuck
    t r u t h o u t: Two reports coming out of Afghanistan illustrate the depth of hypocrisy and subterfuge characterizing the US/NATO intervention in that country. One could cite a myriad of such examples, so immoral and wrong is the US war there. "Self-immolation is being used by increasing numbers of Afghan women to escape their dire circumstances ...."      Full news...

  • January 10, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Newly-Married Bride Dies of Self-Immolation in Afghanistan
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): With the death of this newly-married bride the number of dead girls and women in this area of the western region has reached 47 this year. The doctors in the regional hospital of Herat say that this woman was called Halima and had died in the hospital two nights back. Dr. Mohammad Arif Jalali, director of the regional burn hospital of Herat told PAN that 15-year old Halima, resident of the Qadis District of Badghis Province, had married three months back.      Full news...

  • January 8, 2010 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan women turning to suicide in greater numbers: report
    The Canadian Press: More Afghan women are choosing suicide to escape the violence and brutality of their daily lives, says a new human-rights report prepared by Canada's Foreign Affairs Department. The 2008 annual assessment paints a grim picture of a country where violence against women and girls is common, despite rising public awareness among Afghans and international condemnation.      Full news...

  • December 28, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    An Afghan woman ousted from her home by husband dies of cold
    PAN (Translated by RAWA): Workers in the Human Rights Commission of Daikundi Province say that a woman was ousted from her home due to the violence by her husband and died outside on the way. Hassan Ali Faiz, director of the Human Rights Commission of Daikundi Province told PAN that the incident had occurred on the night of 10th Muharram (Dec. 28) in the Ishtarli District.      Full news...

  • December 27, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    A Peril in War Zones: Sexual Abuse by Fellow G.I.’s
    New York Times: Capt. Margaret H. White began a relationship with a warrant officer while both were training to be deployed to Iraq. By the time they arrived this year at Camp Taji, north of here, she felt what she called “creepy vibes” and tried to break it off. In the claustrophobic confines of a combat post, it was not easy to do. He left notes on the door to her quarters, alternately pleading and menacing. He forced her to have sex, she said.      Full news...

  • December 11, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    The tribulations of child-bearing children
    IRIN: Rabia, 14, is expecting her first child almost a year after getting married to Haji Obaidullah, aged 49, as his second wife. “She is supposed to deliver in a few days, but this is her first visit to a health centre,” said Nazia Hemat, an obstetrician at Mia Abdul Hakim Hospital in the southern province of Kandahar. Rabia is fortunate in being able to visit the hospital: “Men often don’t allow their pregnant women to go to hospitals and doctors,”      Full news...

  • December 10, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Hundreds of women lead protest in Afghanistan
    The Los Angeles Times: Several hundred women, many holding aloft pictures of relatives killed by drug lords or Taliban militants, held a loud but nonviolent street protest today, demanding that President Hamid Karzai purge from his government anyone connected to corruption, war crimes or the Taliban.      Full news...

  • December 8, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan women among worst off in world: HRW
    Reuters: Afghan women are among the worst off in the world, violence against them is “endemic” and Afghanistan’s government fails to protect them from crimes such as rape and murder, a rights group said on Monday. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report the situation for women in Afghanistan is “dismal in every area”.      Full news...

  • December 7, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Plight of Afghan women may worsen as war effort is stepped up, warns report
    The Guardian: The already dire plight of women in Afghanistan risks deteriorating further as the US and its allies take steps to turn around the war against the Taliban, according to a report by Human Rights Watch today. Eight years after the Taliban were ousted from power, rapists are often protected from prosecution, women can still be arrested for running away from home, and girls have far less access to schools than boys, the report says.      Full news...

  • December 2, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Public space “shrinking” for Afghan women - UN official
    IRIN: Eight years after the formal end of Taliban rule in Afghanistan, women are facing growing challenges in public life and have limited access to justice, according to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). "The space for women in public life is shrinking," warned Norah Niland, head of UNAMA's human rights unit and a representative of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.      Full news...

  • December 1, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    UN: Rape in Afghanistan a Human Rights Problem of ‘Profound Proportions’
    Reuters: Rape in Afghanistan is under-reported, concealed and a human rights problem of "profound proportions", the United Nations said on Monday. Norah Niland, the United Nations' human rights representative in Afghanistan, said field research conducted late last year and early this year found rape affected all parts of Afghanistan, across all communities and social groups.      Full news...

  • November 29, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Taliban amnesty betrays US connivance with war criminals
    ww4report.com: Authentic Afghan voices for democracy, secularism and women's rights oppose the US/NATO occupation precisely because the US has connived with fundamentalist war criminals from the day it arrived in Afghanistan. Foremost among these voices is the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), who maintained clandestine schools for girls under Taliban rule at the ultimate personal risk.      Full news...

  • November 28, 2009 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Suicide in Afghanistan
    Al-Jazeera: The last time I stood by the bedside of a woman who’d tried to burn herself to death was in Kandahar one year ago. She was screaming in pain and later died. It was not an experience I wanted to repeat. But this week I found myself in the Burns Unit at a hospital in Herat watching a mother spoon feed her child some rice through lips that were horribly blistered.      Full news...



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