February 17, 2014
by Benjamin Minegar
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Monday ordered changes to controversial proposed legislation which rights groups believe would effectively deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage. Article 26 of the proposed criminal procedure law expressly prohibits "relatives" from ...[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]
January 10, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
A spokesperson for Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday said that the administration would be releasing seventy-two prisoners the United States considers dangerous militants from Bagram prison, stating that there was not enough evidence to continue to hold them. The government said that there ...[read more]
July 18, 2013
by G. Redd
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai ratified two new election laws on Wednesday. The UN had pressed the president to improve the election commission he had threatened to disperse after it disqualified 25 percent of the 2009 ballots, sparking violence across the country. By reinvigorating the ...[read more]
June 29, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday warned that recent appointments to Afghanistan's top human rights body compromise its independence, recommending that President Hamid Karzai reconsider the appointments and re-open the selection process. Earlier this month ...[read more]
June 10, 2013
by G. Redd
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai demanded Saturday that all prisoners of war held by UK forces at Bagram Airfield be released into Afghan custody. The estimated number of detainees is more than 80. Karzai's spokesperson, Aimal Faizi, confirmed that Karzai instructed National Security Advisor ...[read more]
May 24, 2013
by G. Redd
The Afghan Parliament approved two new electoral laws Wednesday that will take effect in the elections next spring. According to Tolo News of Afghanistan, the statutes in question will provide a legal framework for the quarantine of ballot boxes and the creation of a complaints commission. Both ...[read more]
March 25, 2013
by Sarah Posner
The US gave full control of Bagram Prison to Afghanistan on Monday, winding down US military presence in Afghanistan. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai sought to regain control of the detention center in efforts to reclaim sovereignty over the country, as the US begins withdrawing troops from the ...[read more]
February 11, 2013
by Dan Taglioli
An Afghan government commission announced Monday that it has confirmed the findings of a report released last month by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) that revealed widespread torture and mistreatment of prisoners in facilities across Afghanistan. President Hamid Karzai had ...[read more]
December 17, 2012
by Stephanie Kogut
JURIST Guest Columnist Heather Barr, the Human Rights Watch researcher for Afghanistan, argues that the executions approved recently approved by Afghanistan's president are further distancing the country from its western support...When the executions came, they happened so quickly that they were ...[read more]

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