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Gross violations of human rights continuing in Afghanistan: UN

[JURIST] "Gross violations of fundamental human rights" are continuing in post-Taliban Afghanistan, according to the report [PDF] of an independent expert appointed by UN Secretary-General Annan. The report, submitted by M. Cherif Bassiouni, details extrajudicial executions to inhuman detention to the frequent abuse or assault of women and girls, and is based on meetings with a variety of government officials (Afghan and foreign ministers), human rights agencies, NGOs, individual human rights activists, and an 8 day trip to Afghanistan in mid August. Bassiouni's recommendations for ameliorating the situation include increasing the number of foreign troops in the country, reducing opium and child trafficking, developing a system of land titling, and prohibiting warlords and drug lords from assuming public office. The UN has more.

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