Washington Post Calls for More Peace Troops in Afghanistan
In an editorial appearing in today’s Washington Post, the independent newspaper called on President Bush to rethink his refusal to expand the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) beyond Kabul and suggested that the President increase the amount of peace troops in the country. According to the Post, refusing to expand the ISAF would put Afghanistan at great risk of “descent into chaos,” a claim supported – at least in part – by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld who has admitted that if security is not established in Afghanistan, “there’s not going to be a stable government. There’s not going to be humanitarian assistance. Things aren’t going to work.” Rumsfeld though is supporting the Bush policy on the ISAF. The paper also cites that a “top official” at the State Department “has suggested a five-fold increase in the existing peace keeping force.” United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the Afghan Interim Authority have also both called on an increase in peace troops, however “Mr. Bush is standing on the sidelines,” according to the Post, a move that “threaten[s] the credibility of his war on terrorism.”
The Feminist Majority has been leading the call in the U.S. for the expansion of the ISAF. The immediate expansion of peacekeeping troops is absolutely essential to disarmament, de-escalation of conflicts among warlords, preservation of women’s rights and human rights, delivery of humanitarian assistance, and the success of the loya jirga process. According to Feminist Majority President Eleanor Smeal, “Without expanded international security forces and without adequate funding, women’s rights and an end to terrorism will be unobtainable goals.”
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. . . .