November 30, 2017 RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry says five people were sentenced to death for committing murder and kidnapping and were hanged on November 29. The convicts were executed at Pul-e-Charkhi prison in the capital, Kabul. “A former member of Herat Provincial Council is among the five people,” Najeeb Danesh the acting
1TV: They were sentenced to imprisonment in absentia by a primary court in Police District 2 of Kabul three days ago, sources told 1TV. Ahmad Ishchi, who made accusations that Dostum ordered his men to rape and torture him, however, said that he is not satisfied with the progress over the case. Click here to read
The Washington Post: Last week, Gen. Mohammad Moeen Faqir, the former commander of embattled Helmand Province, and Abdul Ghafar Dawi, the director of a large fuel company and other businesses, chafed in silence as prosecutors in an anti-corruption court charged them with embezzlement and abuse of authority. Click here to read more (external link).
The New York Times: Mumtaz is a 23-year-old woman from the northern Afghan province of Kunduz, the victim of an acid attack when she was 18, whose tormentors were jailed. It was a rare legal victory in the struggle for women’s rights in Afghanistan, hailed at the time as proof that justice for female victims was possible.
Khaama Press: The Afghan government for the first time finalized a law to criminalize the bullying and sexual abuse of children ‘Bacha Baazi’ late in February this year. This comes as numerous reports emerged during the recent years regarding the worsening situation of the children subjected to abuse and bullying. Click here to read more (external
The Wire: Earlier this year, Afghanistan took an unprecedented policy step in the battle against the ‘child bride’ custom by launching the National Action Plan to Eliminate Early and Child Marriage. Activists are hopeful the plan will become more than a piece of paper, despite clear challenges ahead and the government’s poor record for implementation. Click
Khaama Press: As the international community and the Afghan government strictly pursues the case against the first vice president regarding the alleged sexual abuse of Ahmad Khan Ishchi, sources close to General Abdul Rashid Dostum have said the first vice president and his associates will never appear before the court. A spokesman for Junbish Millie party
Ayaz Gul VOA News July 12, 2017 ISLAMABAD — Authorities in Afghanistan confirmed Wednesday that an alleged torture and sexual assault case against the country’s first-vice president, Abdul Rashid Dostum, has been sent to court for further action. A spokesman for the attorney general’s office in Kabul told VOA the charges were investigated with “complete impartiality”
Press TV July 12, 2017 Australian Special Forces are under a secret defense investigation for the unlawful killing of Afghan civilians, according to leaked documents, which provide new details of deadly incidents in southern Afghanistan. Hundreds of pages of secret defense force documents — many marked AUSTEO (Australian Eyes Only) — have been leaked to the Australian Broadcasting
The New York Times: If Afghanistan is one of the worst places to be a woman, then Ghor, a province so lawless that people often wonder if there is a government there at all, may be the country’s capital of gender-based violence and abuse. Week after week there are reports of women abused or killed in