Amnesty International Accuses Taliban of Murdering Thousands
In a press statement made Thursday, Amnesty International said that Afghanistan's fundamentalist Taliban regime "deliberately and systematically killed thousands of ethnic civilians" and may have murdered 10 Iranian diplomats and a journalist during their military takeover of the city of Mazar-i-Sharif last month.
Based on testimony from eyewitnesses and victims' families, Amnesty International concluded that victims were killed "deliberately and arbitrarily" and called for the Taliban to order their troops to uphold international humanitarian laws regarding the treatment of civilians in armed conflict. Foreign government were urged to "publicly condemn" the Taliban, to cease granting the Taliban economic or military support, and to pressure Taliban officials into releasing its ethnic prisoners.
Taliban spokesperson Abdul Wakil denied the accusations, which he claimed were politically motivated.
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .