HRW: Afghan authorities should fully investigate and appropriately prosecute the sexual assault claims by 20 members of Afghanistan’s national women’s football team, Human Rights Watch said today. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), football’s world governing body, should assist and monitor Afghan government prosecutions and promote justice for the victims, protection of witnesses, and safety of players on the Afghan women’s team. Five players have told the Guardian that Keramuudin Karim and other employees of AFF had sexually assaulted them. The former team captains, Khalida Popal and Shamila Kohestani, both of whom now live outside of Afghanistan, have been advocating justice on behalf of their former team members. Popal has said that sexual abuse of players, both women and men, goes back years and occurred while the team played abroad. Click here to read more (external link).
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