Aid Offices Attacked After Karzai Fires Warlord Governor
Aid workers fled a Western city of Afghanistan after four United Nations offices and an Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission office were violently attacked and burned down. Approximately 60 United Nations and other foreign aid workers were evacuated by US soldiers to the airport where the Afghan army was stationed, and then to Kabul, reports the New York Times.
The attacks were a result of President Karzai’s announcement of the removal of the warlord governor of Herat, Ismail Khan. Karzai stated that Khan would be moved to a Cabinet position in the Interior Ministry in Kabul, reports the Associated Press.
Herat was under the control of Khan since the fall of the Taliban. He had stifled political dissent and independent media in the province while imposing Taliban-like restrictions on women and girls. A Human Rights Watch report found that women’s rights to work, free speech, and free association were being curtailed in Herat under Khan’s rule.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .