A delegation representing the Taliban militia is meeting with government officials throughout Europe in order to discuss "various issues with different European countries." The delegation headed by the Taliban Deputy Foreign Minister has already met with the Foreign Ministers of Germany and Switzerland and plan to meet with officials in France and Denmark. The French Foreign Ministry assured it would use "very firm language" with the delegates concerning their human rights record. The Taliban have not been recognized by the United Nations as the legitimate government of Afghanistan and only three countries: Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have diplomatic relations with the militia. The brutal Taliban regime has imprisoned over half of the Afghan population through its gender apartheid policy, stripping women and girls of their very basic human rights.
Media Resources: News Network International - February 7, 2000 and Feminist Majority Foundation
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. . . .