September 15, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
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, ...[read more]
July 10, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Ground combat engagements have surpassed improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as the most common cause of conflict-related civilian deaths and injuries in Afghanistan, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported Wednesday. The report states that in the first six months of 2014, 1,901 ...[read more]
March 5, 2014
by Stephen Krug
JURIST Guest Columnist Heather Barr of Human Rights Watch says that the deplorable state of women's rights in Afghanistan should not be tolerated and that changes must be made...Four years ago, a long-awaited law to protect women and girls from violence, the Law on Elimination of Violence Against ...[read more]
February 4, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday encouraged Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai to refuse to sign a law passed by parliament that they say would deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage. Article 26 of the proposed criminal procedure law prohibits authorities from speaking ...[read more]
December 8, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a report Sunday stating that although there was an increase of reported acts of violence against women to the Afghan authorities in the past year, prosecutions and ...[read more]
December 1, 2013
by Amy Mathieu
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged the prosecutor's office of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to expedite inquiry into international crimes committed in Afghanistan. In November the ICC released the Report on Preliminary Examination Activities finding that over 14,300 civilians have ...[read more]
November 25, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The Afghanistan Justice Ministry has proposed new provisions to the nation's penal code that allow for stoning as punishment for adultery, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. According to the advocacy group the provision of the proposed penal code, drafted by a Justice Ministry led working ...[read more]
September 17, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Tuesday called on the Afghan government to strengthen humans rights efforts in preparation for presidential elections in April 2014 and the departure of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in late 2014. Pillay characterized this ...[read more]
September 8, 2013
by Alex Ferraro
JURIST Guest Columnist Curtis Doebbler of Webster University and Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations argues that the use of military force against Syria would constitute a violation of international law...Violence has been the greatest threat to human rights throughout the past ...[read more]
September 5, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The nonprofit human rights law firm Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) released a report on Thursday detailing the conditions at Bagram Prison in Afghanistan, a facility that detains non-Afghan prisoners of the US despite not being under US control since March. According to the JPP, many of these ...[read more]

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