• Afghanistan entered a new period of instability in 2015, with important implications for human rights. The bitterly contested 2014 presidential election resulted in the creation of a national unity government with Ashraf Ghani as president and Abdullah Abdullah as chief executive. Uncertainty surrounding the political transition, along with growing pressure from Taliban insurgents, has contributed to a decline in respect for human rights throughout the country, including impunity for abuses by security forces, the torture of detainees, and threats to women’s rights and freedom of expression. Indiscriminate attacks by insurgent forces have led to a sharp rise in civilian deaths. 

  • Militiamen in Kunduz province, Afghanistan.
    Afghanistan’s new government should prosecute officials and commanders whose serious human rights abuses have long gone unpunished.