• Preparations for the end-2014 withdrawal of international combat troops continued in 2013, with international troops largely departed, sequestered in bases, and focused on the logistics of shipping military equipment out of the country. The Afghan army and police stepped forward to lead the fight against the Taliban and other insurgents, with mixed results. With international interest in Afghanistan rapidly waning, opponents of women’s rights seized the opportunity to begin rolling back the progress made since the end of Taliban rule. Overall declining international interest in Afghanistan contributed to mounting fears among Afghans for the country’s future.
  • Afghan women protest against street harassment in Kabul, Afghanistan on July 14, 2011.
    Afghanistan’s new government should take urgent steps to combat sexual harassment of women in education, employment, and public life. There are no laws in Afghanistan that specifically prohibit sexual harassment or protect victims.

Reports

Afghanistan

  • Dec 21, 2014
    The Iranian government’s December 13, 2014 announcement that it will grant a six-month visa extension to 450,000 Afghans is a helpful move to prevent their imminent deportation.
  • Dec 21, 2014
    The Iranian government’s December 13, 2014 announcement that it will grant a six-month visa extension to 450,000 Afghans is a helpful move to prevent their imminent deportation. However, the visa-extension plan is no substitute for an asylum system that will allow newly arriving Afghans to lodge refugee claims.
  • Dec 17, 2014
    Afghanistan's civil society organisations fought an often lonely battle for women's rights, accountability for war crimes and the need to end torture through the many dark days when the Karzai administration was determined to consign the issues to oblivion. With Karzai gone, the activists are hoping for a new chance to put rights back on the agenda at Kabul's presidential palace.
  • Dec 10, 2014
  • Dec 3, 2014
    Afghanistan’s foreign donors should press the Afghan government to prevent a further deterioration in the country’s human rights situation and support services crucial to rights, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. The groups issued a joint statement ahead of a major donors’ meeting on Afghanistan on December 3-4, 2014, in London. Despite the government’s important improvements in human rights, many serious abuses continue and pose a threat to the fragile gains of the past decade.
  • Dec 2, 2014
  • Nov 25, 2014
    In advance of next month’s conference on Afghanistan—as you consider the policy and resource commitments that you will make there—we urge the UK government to strengthen its support for the protection and promotion of human rights.
  • Nov 25, 2014
    Afghanistan’s foreign donors should press the new Afghan government to address the country’s persistent human rights problems at a major upcoming international donor conference, Human Rights Watch said today in letters to representatives of more than a dozen donor countries.
  • Oct 28, 2014
  • Oct 13, 2014
    Afghanistan’s new government should take urgent steps to combat sexual harassment of women in education, employment, and public life. There are no laws in Afghanistan that specifically prohibit sexual harassment or protect victims.