Chechnya, one of the former Soviet republics, has prepared to formally recognize the Taliban as the official government of Afghanistan. The recent decision was made by a Chechen delegation to Afghanistan headed by Abdul Wahid Ibrahim, head of Central Asian and Afghan affairs in Chechnya.
According to Taliban authorities, talks between the Chechen delegation and Taliban officials produced positive results. Both Chechen and Taliban officials plan to open embassies in their respective countries.
Only three other countries, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates, recognize the Taliban as the government of Afghanistan. Chechnya will become the fourth.
Media Resources: Frontier Post - November 22, 1998
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. . . .