Three election workers, believed to be two women and a man, were abducted from a United Nations vehicle today in Kabul. The attack has been claimed by a Taliban breakoff group called Jaish-e-Muslimeen (Army of Muslims), according to Reuters.
The driver of the car, an Afghan man, was beaten and left behind at the scene, according to Agence France Presse. Witnesses say that at least seven armed men stopped the vehicle in the rush hour traffic at lunch and put the election workers into a truck with tinted windows, Reuters reports. This attack is believed to be the first abduction of foreigners in Afghanistan.
The kidnapping comes on the day that the United Nations-Afghan Joint Electoral Management Body finished counting ballots from the October 9 presidential election, in which President Hamid Karzai received at least 55 percent of the vote.
Media Resources: Reuters 10/28/04; Agence France Presse 10/28/04; Associated Press 10/28/04
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. . . .