Ms. magazine  -- more than a magazine a movement

SIGN UP FOR MS. DIGEST, JOBS, NEWS AND ALERTS

FEMINIST WIRE NEWSBRIEFS

ABOUT
SEE CURRENT ISSUE
SHOP MS. STORE
MS. IN THE CLASSROOM
FEMINIST DAILY WIRE
FEMINIST RESOURCES
PRESS
JOBS AT MS.
READ BACK ISSUES
CONTACT
RSS (XML)
 
feminist wire | daily newsbriefs

November-02-98

Human Rights Watch Implicates Taliban in Mass Killings

Human Rights Watch released a report Saturday documenting a massacre by the Taliban that occurred in Mazar-i Sharif in northern Afghanistan on August 8, 1998. The Taliban targeted a minority ethnic group, the Hazaras, who practice a form of Muslim different from the Taliban. The Taliban actions in Mazar-i Sharif demonstrate a calculated and purposeful intent to seek out and kill the members of this particular minority group.

Hazaras practice Shi'a Muslim while the Taliban practice Sunni Muslim. For days after the initial attack, Taliban soldiers conducted house to house searches during which they asked the inhabitants whether or not they could recite Sunni prayers. The recitation of the prayer would prove that they were not Hazara. Hazara men were taken from their homes and executed soon after, making this one of Afghanistan's worse mass killings since the beginning of the civil war.

One reason why this attack may have been so brutal is because Mazar-i Sharif repelled an attempt made by the Taliban to take the city in 1997. In order to quell any subsequent uprising, the Taliban, upon entering the city, shot at everyone in what has been described as a "killing frenzy."

Human Rights Watch has urged the United Nations to investigate this massacre in order to determine the full extent of the abuses that occurred. Patricia Gossman, senior researcher of Human Rights Watch's Asia Division, discussed the value of such an investigation, "Determining the truth about what happened would represent the first step toward accountability. It could also provide a means toward breaking the cycle of revenge killings that has characterized the civil war in Afghanistan."

Media Resources: AOP - November 1, 1998


© Feminist Majority Foundation, publisher of Ms. magazine

If you liked this story, consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Ms. magazine.

 

 

Send to a Friend
Their
Your
Comments
(optional)


More Feminist News

7/30/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Rules In Favor Of Mississippi's Last Clinic - Mississippi's last remaining abortion clinic will remain open after a the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction against HB 1390, the Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at area hospitals. Had the court not upheld the lower federal's court's injunction, HB 1390 would have shuttered Jackson Women's Health Organization (JWHO), the state's only comprehensive reproductive health center. . . .
 
7/30/2014 Legislation Introduced to Establish Fair Work Scheduling Practices - Representatives George Miller (D-CA) and Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced a bill last week that aims to protect hourly workers from scheduling abuses and allow for greater flexibility and certainty around their work schedules. The Schedules that Work Act (HR 5159) will protect employees from retaliation if they request a more flexible or stable schedule, require that retail, food service and cleaning employees receive their work schedules at least two weeks in advance, and create a process for employers to consider special scheduling requests of employees. . . .
 
7/30/2014 North Carolina Mayor Journeys 273 Miles for Medicaid Expansion - After journeying 273 miles on foot, Adam O'Neal, Republican Mayor of Belhaven, North Carolina, arrived on the lawn of the US Capitol earlier this week for a special Moral Monday gathering. . . .