Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, the editor of a women's rights magazine in Afghanistan, has been released from prison. Nasab was originally sentenced to two years in prison for publishing articles criticizing execution and other severe punishments for adultery, thievery, and murder under sharia (Islamic) law, but an appeals court reduced his sentence to six months on December 21 and released Nasab on probation for his remaining sentence after he apologized for writing the articles, according to Agence France Presse. In addition, Afghanistan’s Media Monitoring Commission removed Nasab from the position of chief editor of the magazine, AFP reports.
The Feminist Majority and international media organizations, including the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, have been working to free Nasab since he was arrested in October.
Media Resources: Agence France Presse 12/21/05; Reuters 12/22/05; Radio Free Afghanistan 12/29/05
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. . . .