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Karzai urged to veto women no protection bill

Karzai urged to veto women no protection bill | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Rights groups say a proposed law in Afghanistan will allow perpetrators of domestic violence to escape prosecution, and are calling for international pressure to prevent President Hamid Karzai from signing it into law.

Afghanistan's parliament, a two-chamber house dominated by conservative Muslim leaders and former warlords, passed a "criminal procedure law" last year, which experts say contains articles that deny women legal protections.

To go into force, it needs President Karzai's signature.

"Afghan President Hamid Karzai should refuse to sign a new criminal procedure code that would effectively deny women protection from domestic violence and forced or child marriage," Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a statement published on its website on Wednesday....

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High profile attacks on women in Afghanistan undermine rights campaign

High profile attacks on women in Afghanistan undermine rights campaign | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Taliban fighters have kidnapped a female parliamentarian who was travelling by car through Afghanistan's central Ghazni province with her children, a local police commander said on Tuesday, the latest in a string of high-profile, violent attacks on women.

Successive, often deadly assaults on women working in state institutions are fuelling concern that hard-won women's rights promoted by the United States and its allies are eroding as international forces prepare to withdraw next year....

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Rehman Malik , of Pakistan, is involved in crimes against humanity in Balochistan

Rehman Malik , of Pakistan,  is involved in crimes against humanity in Balochistan | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

: The Baloch patriot leader, Hyrbyair Marri, has strongly criticized the Pakistan Media, Judiciary and other institutions, adding that Pakistan has prepared for a full scale military operation in Balochistan against Baloch nation.

The Baloch leader said that Rehman Malik, the federal interior minister of Pakistan, is involved in war crimes in Balochistan. Frontier Corps in Balochistan operates directly under the supervision of Rehman Malik. The FC, MI & ISI also abduct Baloch youth on his orders. The FC’s involvement in extra judicial killings and abductions of Baloch youth was recently proven when the IG police not only presented a video footage to the Supreme Court of Pakistan but he also appeared before the court and gave evidence. Despite this concrete proof, the Baloch youth shown in the video footage being abducted by FC were later killed and dumped.

He further said, “Rehman Malik, Pakistani judiciary and media are now doing baseless propaganda in favor of the Pakistani armed forces in order to wipe the blood stained hands of Pakistani Army, FC and ISI and measures being taken to make the conditions favorable for a large-scale military operation in Balochistan. In 2010 Rehman Malik had himself publicly ordered to use brute force against Baloch Student Organisation –Azad and few specific pro-independence political parties. Hundreds of Baloch youth have been extra judicially killed and dumped since then. Now once again Rehman Malik and FC are all set for a massive military adventure in Balochistan. Along with federal and provincial government, Supreme Court is also not only supporting killing of Baloch people but as well as giving protection to Pakistani Army, FC; ISI & MI. Pakistani Media is also contributing in this sorry state of affairs by concealing the brutalities inflicted on Baloch people.”

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The Baloch leader said that the Baloch nation was struggling for its independence for past six decades with very limited resources whereas Pakistan is continuously putting allegations on Baloch nation of receiving foreign funds and support. If there were any foreign support, he said, Balochistan would have been an independent state long ago. Addressing the International Community Mr Marri said, “We still expect and want Afghanistan, America and the civilized world to support the just cause of Baloch nation. We have had strong historical ties with Afghanistan long before Pakistan even came into existence. Afghan and Baloch nation have lived in peace for centuries and had mutual respect. But Pakistan does not bear this relation because she considers Afghanistan and Balochistan her colonies.”

Mr. Hyrbyair Marri said that it was not only difficult but impossible for Baloch nation to live with Pakistan. The Baloch own a distinct language, culture, geography and thousands of year old history. Our dignity, identity and self-esteem are unsafe in Pakistan and neither does Pakistan consider us as human beings, said Mr Marri adding that Pakistan has imposed foreign language and culture on the Baloch nation. Urdu is considered Pakistan’s National language but the fact of the matter is that all nations living in Pakistan, Punjabis, Sindhis and Pashtuns have their own distinct languages. Urdu is in fact a military language from 18th century; the Turks and Mughals invented it to communicate with people of India.

 

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The Possible American Withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Beginning of Problems for Russia - Balochwarna News

The Possible American Withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Beginning of Problems for Russia  - Balochwarna News | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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It is almost misfortunate of Russia and the Ex-Soviet Republicans that since 1992 till the date, through different warlords, Islamic Propagandist Party, (Islami Tabliqi Jumaet) and particularly through extremist religious students, Pakistan has expanded its Islamic ideology to such an extent in Central Asia that it could wreak havoc at any time whenever it felt necessary to under particular conditions. And Russia and its neighbors cannot afford to tolerate it under current situation. To shorten the debate, the reason why Pakistan cannot be taken into the game is because it has always proven to be an untrustworthy partner, and also neither does it has any capacity of doing any good to any end. So, if the world really wants a result oriented war against terrorism, unlike Pakistan, than they should seriously consider the natural geography of different nationalities in that region and support their freedom movements, otherwise Pakistan is already a sunken ship, it can drown their ships too.

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U.S. must not abandon Afghan women to the Taliban - CNN.com

U.S. must not abandon Afghan women to the Taliban - CNN.com | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Gayle Lemmon says both sides are calling for a pullout from Afghanistan. But we must resist sacrificing women and progress to the Taliban.
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Afghan Quran protests enter 5th day

Afghan Quran protests enter 5th day | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Protesters threw rocks at police, government buildings and a U.N. office in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, kicking off a fifth day of riots sparked by the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base, officials said.
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USA burns Qurans:: apologies are not enough, this is a call for America to become more spiritually awake!

USA burns Qurans:: apologies are not enough, this is a call for America to become  more spiritually awake! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

http://n.pr/yXEDjX  NPR: U.S. Apology Over Qurans Fails To Stop Afghan Riots

 

http://abcn.ws/yQy6ba  Quran Burning Incites Deadly Afghan Riots - ABC 

 

 

 

 

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Afghan girl tortured after refusing prostitution

Afghan girl tortured after refusing prostitution | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

"This is one of the worst cases of violence against Afghan women. The perpetrators must be punished so others learn a lesson," health minister Suraya Dalil told journalists after visiting Gul Saturday with the women's affairs minister.

Mohammad Zia, a senior police official in Baghlan who helped rescue the girl, said Gul's mother-in-law and sister-in-law have been detained, but her husband and father-in-law had escaped.

"We have launched a serious hunt to get her husband and the others involved," Zia told Reuters via phone from Baghlan.

Despite progress in women's rights and freedom since the fall of the Taliban 10 years ago, women throughout the country are still at risk of abduction, rape, forced marriage and being traded as commodity.

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Afghans tentatively seek a voice after 30 years of conflict

Afghans tentatively seek a voice after 30 years of conflict | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Reuters) - After three decades of occupation, civil war, Taliban rule and a NATO-led military campaign, ordinary Afghans remain powerless and without a unified voice.Many are too afraid...
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Bomb kills five foreign troops in southern Afghanistan

Bomb kills five foreign troops in southern Afghanistan | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
KABUL (Reuters) - A roadside bomb killed five foreign troops in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, NATO said, less than a week after the coalition suffered its worst single loss in 10 years of war when...
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Blast hits Karzai brother memorial service

Blast hits Karzai brother memorial service | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
A suicide bomber has killed four people at a memorial service in Kandahar for the assassinated half-brother of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Officials say the bomber apparently hid explosives in his turban and detonated them near the entrance of the mosque.

President Karzai was not present at the memorial. Four of his other brothers were but escaped unharmed.

Ahmad Wali Karzai, a controversial but key figure in Nato's battle against the Taliban, was killed by his bodyguard.
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Violence against Afghan women more frequent, brutal in 2013: official

Violence against Afghan women more frequent, brutal in 2013: official | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Sima Samar, chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), told Reuters in a telephone interview that the brutality of attacks on women had greatly intensified.

"The brutality of the cases is really bad. Cutting the nose, lips and ears. Committing public rape," she said. "Mass rape... It's against dignity, against humanity."

She attributed the increase in crime to a culture of impunity and the imminent departure of international troops and aid workers, leaving women more exposed to attack. In addition, more cases were reported as women became aware of their rights

"The presence of the international community and provincial reconstruction teams in most of the provinces was giving people confidence," Samar said.

"There were people there trying to protect women. And that is not there anymore, unfortunately."

Most foreign forces are due to leave Afghanistan by the end of the year and it is unclear whether any will remain beyond 2014 as relations deteriorate between Afghan authorities and their U.S. backers.

An AIHRC spokesman said the latest figures for 2013 showed a 25 percent increase in cases for March through September.

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Q&A: Honouring the Silent Courage of Afghan Women | Inter Press Service

Q&A: Honouring the Silent Courage of Afghan Women | Inter Press Service | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 24 2012 (IPS) - Violence against women is internationally recognised as a threat to democracy, a burden on national economies, and a serious human rights violation.

Yet in Afghanistan today, 87 percent of women face physical, sexual or psychological violence or are forced into marriage, according to recent data from Human Rights Watch. ...

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| The Dancing Boys Of Afghanistan : Bacha Bazi | FRONTLINE | PBS

| The Dancing Boys Of Afghanistan : Bacha Bazi | FRONTLINE | PBS | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

As the United States deepens its commitment to Afghanistan, FRONTLINE takes viewers inside the war-torn nation to reveal a disturbing practice that is once again flourishing in the country: the organized sexual abuse of adolescent boys.

In The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan, Afghan journalist Najibullah Quraishi (Behind Taliban Lines) returns to his native land to expose an ancient practice that has been brought back by powerful warlords, former military commanders and wealthy businessmen. Known as "bacha bazi" (literal translation: "boy play"), this illegal practice exploits street orphans and poor boys, some as young as 11, whose parents are paid to give over their sons to their new "masters." The men dress the boys in women's clothes and train them to sing and dance for the entertainment of themselves and their friends. According to experts, the dancing boys are used sexually by these powerful men.

In detailed conversations with several bacha bazi masters in northern Afghanistan and with the dancing boys they own, reporter Quraishi reveals a culture where wealthy Afghan men openly exploit some of the poorest, most vulnerable members of their society.

"What was so unnerving about the men I had met was not just their lack of concern for the damage their abuse was doing to the boys," Quraishi says. "It was also their casualness with which they operated and the pride with which they showed me their boys, their friends, their world. They clearly believed that nothing they were doing was wrong."

Under the guise of doing a documentary on similar practices in Europe, Quraishi gained the confidence of Dastager, a former mujahideen commander and wealthy businessman whose business interests include importing autos from the Far East. With Dastager as his guide, Quraishi takes viewers inside the world of bacha bazi, where prominent men compete to own and use the boys.

"I had a boy because every commander had a partner," says Mestary, a former senior commander who is well connected with major Afghan warlords. "Among the commanders there is competition, and if I didn't have one, then I could not compete with them."

"I go to every province to have happiness and pleasure with boys," says an Afghan man known as "The German," who acts as a bacha bazi pimp, supplying boys to the men. "Some boys are not good for dancing, and they will be used for other purposes. ... I mean for sodomy and other sexual activities."

"It's a disgusting practice. ... It's a form of slavery, taking a child, keeping him. It's a form of sexual slavery," says Radhika Coomaraswamy. U.N. special representative for Children and Armed Conflict. "The only way to stop bacha bazi is if you prosecute the people who commit the crime, and that's what we need, because the laws are there in the books against this practice."

In the documentary, Quraishi interviews local police officials who insist that men who participate in bacha bazi will be arrested and punished regardless of their wealth or powerful connections. Later that day, however, Quraishi's cameras catch two officers from the same police department attending an illegal bacha bazi party.

"Many of the people who do this work for the government," says Nazir Alimy, who compiled a report on bacha bazi for UNICEF. "They speak out against it but are abusers themselves. ... I personally cannot mention any names because I am scared."

Quraishi speaks with some dancing boys who fear they will be beaten or killed. "If they stray, they get killed," says a 13-year-old dancing boy. "Sometimes fighting happens among the men who own the boys. If you don't please them, they beat you, and people get killed."

Quraishi also talks with the family of 15-year-old Hafiz, who reportedly was murdered after trying to escape from his master, a well-known drug baron and warlord. In Hafiz's case, a suspect -- the policeman who supplied the gun that killed Hafiz -- was arrested and convicted. Sentenced to 16 years in prison, the officer was released after serving only a few months. Hafiz's family says they suspect the boy's former owner bribed local officials to win his release.

"If only these people were punished, this kind of thing wouldn't happen," Hafiz's mother says. "Whoever commits these crimes doesn't get punished. Power is power."

The program will conclude with a detailed update of attempts to arrange the rescue of one of the dancing boys profiled in the film, an 11-year-old boy bought by Dastager from an impoverished rural family. It is a dramatic final chapter, full of new shocks and surprises, and, in the end, provides a measure of justice for the boy and his master.

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How a rape survivor could change Afghanistan | Plz sign the petition!

How a rape survivor could change Afghanistan |   Plz sign the petition! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
After being kidnapped, raped and tortured, an Afghan teenager is fighting the cultural requirement that she commit suicide. She wants to save her life by seeing her rapists prosecuted. But officials are balking.
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Jail may await Afghan women fleeing abuse, rape: HRW

Jail may await Afghan women fleeing abuse, rape: HRW | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
KABUL (Reuters) - For Afghan women, the act of fleeing domestic abuse, forced prostitution or even being stabbed repeatedly with a screwdriver by an abusive husband, may land them in jail while their abusers walk free, Human Rights Watch said.
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The strength of Afghan women:

The strength of Afghan women: | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Dereliction of Duty II ...Senior Military Leaders’ Loss of Integrity Wounds Afghan War Effort

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Senior ranking US military leaders have so distorted the truth when communicating with the US Congress and American people in regards to conditions on the ground in Afghanistan that the truth has become unrecognizable. This deception has damaged America’s credibility among both our allies and enemies, severely limiting our ability to reach a political solution to the war in Afghanistan. It has likely cost American taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars Congress might not otherwise have appropriated had it known the truth, and our senior leaders’ behavior has almost certainly extended the duration of this war. The single greatest penalty our Nation
has suffered, however, has been that we have lost the blood, limbs and lives of tens of thousands of American Service Members with little to no gain to our country as a consequence of this deception.  .....  [Read more @]

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Blasts across Afghanistan target Shi'ites, 59 dead

Blasts across Afghanistan target Shi'ites, 59 dead | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide attack killed dozens of Shi'ite Muslims at a crowded Kabul shrine on Tuesday, and four others died in a smaller blast in a key northern city, in the worst sectarian violence Afghanistan has seen since the fall of the...
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Torture rife in Afghan detention facilities: U.N. | The Raw Story

Torture rife in Afghan detention facilities: U.N. | The Raw Story | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan’s intelligence agency and police force have been “systematically” torturing detainees including children at a number of jails, in breach of local and international laws, a United Nations report said Monday.

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Living in a Minefield: The Landmine Problem in Afghanistan | Doctors Without Borders

Living in a Minefield: The Landmine Problem in Afghanistan | Doctors Without Borders | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
This report is designed to give an accessible update on the mines situation in Afghanistan in 1997 to diplomats and politicians meeting in Brussels, followed by Oslo and Ottawa to prepare a treaty banning anti-personnel mines. To the many negotiators who have never visited a mined country, the report tries to give a flavor of the continuing effect of millions of mines on people's lives, and to examine the response made by Afghans in 1997.
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