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Rights groups: donors must press for progress on human rights in Afghanistan
December 4, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International on Wednesday issued a joint statement urging Afghanistan's foreign donors to support human rights progress within the country. The statement, in conjunction with recent letters to foreign ministers, urges domestic and international accountability, e....... [more]

UK court allows Pakistani to sue over torture claim
November 19, 2014
A UK judge on Wednesday ruled that Yunus Rahmatullah, a Pakistani man held and detained for 10 years by UK and US forces in Afghanistan, could take legal action against the UK. The British Defense Ministry denied involvement with the case, arguing that the British courts did not have jurisdiction t....... [more]

Defense lawyer argues Guantanamo detainee immune from war crimes charges
November 18, 2014
A US military lawyer for a Guantanamo Bay detainee argued Monday that the detainee, who is described as an al Qaeda commander, may be classified as a soldier according to international war rules and thus exempt from prosecution. The lawyer asked a judge to dismiss the charges against Abd al Hadi al....... [more]

UN calls for protection of women's rights in Afghanistan
November 13, 2014
The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, called on the government of Afghanistan and the international community on Thursday to adopt sustainable measures to address the causes and consequences of violence against women in the country. Although there have been "positive l....... [more]

Guantanamo inmate of 13 years released to Kuwait
November 6, 2014
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Wednesday announced the release of Fouzi Khalid Abdullah Al Awda from the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, after nearly 13 years of imprisonment without a trial. Al Awda is a 37-year-old citizen of Kuwait who was captured in 2002 in Afghanistan for his in....... [more]

Afghanistan outgoing president approves execution of 5 men
September 29, 2014
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday approved the execution of five men as what is possibly his final act in office. The five men were convicted and sentenced to death two weeks ago for their involvement in the armed robbery and gang-rape of a family outside Kabul. The convictions were det....... [more]

Afghanistan election commission names Ghani president-elect
September 21, 2014
Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Sunday declared Ashraf Ghani the winner of the country's presidential election. The announcement came less than a day after the two candidates for the presidency, Ghani and rival Abdullah Abdullah agreed to a deal that will divide power between....... [more]

Afghanistan court sentences 5 to death for armed robbery, sexual assault
September 15, 2014
An Afghanistan court of appeals on Monday sentenced five men to death for their involvement in the armed robbery and gang-rape of a family outside Kabul. Two other defendants, out of the original group of seven defendants who allegedly stopped the victims' car while dressed as police officers, were....... [more]

UN tribunal overturns ruling in favor of whistleblower
September 7, 2014
The UN Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) last week overturned a decision in favor of a whistleblower involved with the UN peacekeeping mission in Kosovo. James Wasserstrom, a US diplomat currently serving as an anti-corruption officer at the US embassy in Kabul, accused high-level colleagues of retaliating af....... [more]

Guantanamo Bay Prisoner Releases
August 31, 2014
Six hundred and twenty-one detainees have been transferred from Guantanamo Bay since 2002. NPR and The New York Times have identified at least a dozen of the 621 whom have resumed terrorist activities. Of that dozen, two became leaders of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The news outlets acquired....... [more]

Ex-Guantanamo detainee appeals conviction
August 21, 2014
Australian citizen David Hicks filed a motion to dismiss his conviction in the US Court of Military Commission Review on Wednesday after pleading guilty in 2007 to providing material support to terrorism. Hicks was captured in Afghanistan by northern alliance forces shortly after September 11, 2011....... [more]




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