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  • May 25, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: End ‘Moral Crimes’ Charges, ‘Virginity’ Tests
    HRW: Afghanistan’s government should urgently act to end wrongful imprisonment and humiliating, scientifically invalid “virginity exams” of women and girls, Human Rights Watch said today. Despite a pledge from President Ashraf Ghani in a February 2016 letter to Human Rights Watch to “prevent the imprisonment of women accused of running away from their family,” Afghan police and prosecutors continue to engage in the abusive practice.      Full news...

  • May 20, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul Women Claims Husband, In-Laws Torched Her
    TOLOnews.com: A woman in PD 1 district in Kabul city said on Friday her husband, his sister and her mother in-law poured fuel over her and set her on fire. The victim, Rahila, said the incident took place on Thursday in the street in front of people. Rahila, who is currently being treated at the Istiqlal hospital said: “My mother in-law covered me and my husband poured fuel over me and then they set me on fire. I was screaming and the residents came and put the fire out.”      Full news...

  • May 16, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    1,000 Afghans flee fighting every day
    IRIN: About 1,000 Afghans have fled their homes due to fighting each day since the beginning of the year, and aid workers can’t reach many of them, the UN says. Internal displacement due to conflict rose 40 percent from 2014 to 2015, and this year could see another increase. About 118,000 people fled their homes in the first four months of 2016, the UN’s emergency aid coordination body, OCHA, said in a report yesterday.      Full news...


  • May 8, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Bashar Assad’s Brutality in Syria Is Matched by U.S. Devastation Across the Region
    Truthdig: Growing numbers of people worldwide are turning their Facebook profile pictures into solid red squares in an attempt to call attention to a new, deadly phase of the Syria war. The latest round of violence was marked by the bombing of a refugee camp near the Syrian border with Turkey, which resulted in 28 deaths. That attack was probably the work of the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad or its ally Russia.      Full news...


  • May 6, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Open the world of education to girls
    The Killid Group: Nearly a third of girl students drop out of school mid-way. The reasons could vary from lack of security to discriminatory social customs. Mujib Mehrzad, spokesperson of the Ministry of Education, says traditional ways have sunk deep roots in society. Even where schools may be close to their homes, families do not let their daughters study after middle school.      Full news...

  • May 2, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Almost 400 Teachers in Badakhshan Are Drug Addicts: Officials
    TOLOnews.com: Education officials in north-eastern Badakhshan province on Monday said that nearly 400 teachers, in four districts, are drug addicts and continue to teach students. Abdul Hai Entezami, head of the provincial education department, said they plan however to start discussions with these teachers soon.      Full news...

  • May 1, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    “Narco-State Afghanistan” Leads to Heroin Addiction in the USA
    Global Research: On March 29, 2016 the White House issued a press release on its new heroin initiative. The Washington Post described how much Obama proposed to do. The long list of fixes and new public-private partnerships relate almost exclusively to treatment. The 1 billion dollars, Obama said, will treat “tens of thousands” of addicts. Additional treatment is desperately needed, but the money won’t go far.      Full news...

  • April 27, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan mineral wealth being looted by strongmen, experts say
    Associated Press: The brilliant blue stone lapis lazuli, prized for millennia, is almost uniquely found in Afghanistan, a key part of the extensive mineral wealth that is seen as the best hope for funding development of one of the world's poorest nations. Instead, lapis has become a source of income for the Taliban, smugglers and local warlords, emblematic of the central government’s struggle to gain control over the resources and rein in corruption.      Full news...

  • April 19, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Kabul Attack Kills Dozens, Including Women and Children
    Common Dreams: At least 28 people are dead and hundreds are wounded after a suicide bomb and gun assault on a government security building in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday morning. The Taliban has reportedly claimed responsibility for what Reuters called “the most deadly single attack in the Afghan capital since 2011.”      Full news...

  • April 17, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Rape and brutal murder of 6-year-old Afghan girl in Iran sparks anger
    Khaama Press: A horrific report has emerged from Iran regarding the brutal murder of a 6-year-old Afghan girl who was initially raped by a teenage Iranian. The brutal murder of the girl, Setayish Quraishi, has sparked anger both in Afghanistan and outside, with the local media reports in Iran saying the perpetrator was a 17-year-old Iranian national.      Full news...

  • April 13, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Girl Seeks Divorce After Being Married At 12 To 60-Year-Old
    TOLOnews.com: An 18-year-old girl who was forced to marry a 60-year-old man at the age of 12 has said she wants a divorce. The Balkh teenager, from Zari district, said that six years ago her family forced her to marry the man. She said she no longer wants to live with him and instead wants a divorce. Samargul claims she is also a victim of domestic violence and has been beaten and tortured over the years.      Full news...

  • April 11, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Families of 17 Afghans killed in US drone raids seek probe
    Al Jazeera: Relatives and tribal elders in southeastern Afghanistan are demanding an investigation into the killing of 17 people by US drones this week, claiming that the air strikes hit civilians, not members of armed groups. US army officials said on Thursday that two air strikes in Paktika province, near the Pakistani border, had only targeted fighters, without any evidence of civilian casualties.      Full news...



  • April 7, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Hindus, Sikhs In Nangarhar Claim To Be Sidelined
    TOLOnews.com: A number of Hindus and Sikhs in Jalalabad city, in Nangarhar province, claim that powerful figures have usurped their land. They said this is the latest in a string of problems for them. In addition to having their land grabbed, they said they are also struggling to ensure an education for their children.      Full news...

  • April 1, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan parliamentarian wanted for rape of Peshawar dancer
    Dawn.com: City police are hunting a man accused of raping an 18-year-old dancer after inviting her to perform at his residence in Peshawar. The suspect is believed to be a member of the Afghan parliament. A First Information Report (FIR) was registered at Hayatabad Police Station on the victim's complaint.      Full news...

  • March 30, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Key High Peace Council Members Work For Foreigners: Spokesman
    TOLOnews.com: A spokesman for the High Peace Council on Tuesday said funding for 2,400 HPC projects has been embezzled and that key members of the council are being paid by foreign embassies. While appearing on a TOLOnews current affairs show, Tawde Khabare, Mawlavi Shahzada Shahid, spokesman for the HPC, let slip that prominent members of the HPC's secretariat were working for foreign embassies.      Full news...

  • March 29, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    10-Year-Old Allegedly Married Off After Being Kidnapped
    TOLOnews.com: A Kapisa family have appealed for assistance and justice after a group of armed men allegedly stole their 10-year-old daughter and reportedly married her off to a 30-year-old man. The family, from Najrab district in Kapisa, said the incident happened four months ago when 10 armed men attacked their house and forcibly removed their daughter.      Full news...

  • March 23, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Virginity tests: Sexual Assault in the Name of Science in Afghanistan
    HRW: Each year, dozens or even hundreds of women and girls in Afghanistan are subjected to invasive, humiliating, and sometimes painful vaginal and rectal exams in the name of “science.” These so-called virginity exams are not just demeaning – they constitute sexual assault and are often used as evidence against women in court for the “crime” of zina, or sex outside of marriage.      Full news...

  • March 20, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Why Afghanistan’s Nowruz has been interrupted
    BBC News: Nowruz marks the start of the new year and has been celebrated for 3,000 years, observed by adherents of both main branches of Islam, Sunnis and Shias. But in Afghanistan a campaign by conservative clerics to discourage the festivities has led to confusion and uncertainty among a new generation, the BBC’s Auliya Atrafi reports. This year people across Afghanistan, Iran, Central Asia and parts of the Middle East will begin celebrating the ancient spring festival of Nowruz on 21 March.      Full news...

  • March 18, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    US Weak Penalties for Afghan Hospital Bombing Insult Victims’ Families
    Sputnik: On Thursday, Department of Defense spokesman Christopher Sherwood told Sputnik that US service members associated with an attack on a Doctors Without Borders medical facility in Kunduz were suspended and referred for administrative action. “For good reason the victims’ family members will see this as both an injustice and an insult: the US military investigated itself and decided no crimes had been committed,” Human Rights Watch Senior Researcher Patricia Gossman stated in a post on Thursday.      Full news...


  • March 9, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    HRW: Afghanistan’s Legal System Fails Farkhunda, Again
    HRW: It’s a bitter irony that the latest blow to justice for Farkhunda Malikzada occurred on the eve of International Women’s Day. This week, Afghanistan’s Supreme Court granted significant sentence reductions to 13 men convicted of Farkhunda’s brutal murder in March 2015. The men were part of a mob that beat Farkhunda to death in broad daylight in central Kabul while police stood by and watched.      Full news...

  • February 27, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghanistan: 25 people killed in two separate suicide attacks (PHOTOS)
    BBC News: A suicide bombing near the defence ministry in the Afghan capital of Kabul has killed at least 12 people, the government says. A spokesperson told the BBC that 10 of the dead were civilians, and that eight people were injured. The Taliban has said it carried out the attack, which happened as offices closed for the day. Earlier, an attack near a market in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar killed at least 13 people, officials said.      Full news...

  • February 25, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Will probe of “executions” at Afghan clinic bring justice?
    IRIN: Both Afghanistan’s government and NATO are investigating an Afghan special forces raid on a clinic in which three people were said to have been executed, including a teenage boy. But Afghanistan and NATO have a history of impunity in such cases, casting doubt on whether the investigations will reveal the truth and bring accountability.      Full news...

  • February 22, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Afghan Girls Mourn Lost Education
    IWPR: Soala gazes at her prized high school diploma with tears in her eyes. Having graduated at the top of her class from the Zarghuna Ana high school in Kandahar province, she had dreamed of going on to study medicine. But her hopes were dashed when her father and older brother said that they would not allow her to carry on her education.      Full news...

  • February 21, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Dark Days For Afghan Women’s Rights
    IWPR: Women in the eastern province of Nangarhar are increasingly falling victim to summary justice procedures, according to speakers at an IWPR-organised debate in provincial capital Jalalabad. The event heard that tribal courts operating in the province, particularly in more remote areas, often meted out brutal punishments to vulnerable women, including stoning, mutilation, beating and forced marriage.      Full news...

  • February 17, 2016 :: RSS :: Print :: Email
    Health care needs urgent treatment
    The Killid Group: More than 60,000 people travel out of the country for medical treatment every year spending some 3 million USD. At the inauguration of an emergency ward in Jamhoriat Hospital, Kabul, Minister of Public Health Ferozuddin Feroz admitted people were suspicious of the quality of health care available in the country. He said 70 percent of CT scans and MRIs in “government and non-governmental” facilities were unreliable.      Full news...



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