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October 2002 
Vol. 14, No. 7 (C)

AFGHANISTAN

"ALL OUR HOPES ARE CRUSHED: 
Violence and Repression in Western Afghanistan"
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[Ismail Khan is] an appealing person.... He's thoughtful, measured and self-confident.... I could tell you what we talked about, but I'm not going to.

                -U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld,
                visiting Ismail Khan in Herat, April 29, 2002

Ismail Khan and his followers-their hands are bloody. For them, killing a bird is the same as killing a man.

                -Herat resident, September 11, 2002

Supplementary Materials

Press Release:
Afghanistan: Torture and Political Repression in Herat
Afghanistan: Torture and Political Repression in Herat - (in Farsi)
Afghanistan : torture et répression politique ŕ Herat

More Info:

Afghanistan: Human Rights Watch Key Documents


 
 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Glossary 

Summary 

Recommendations 

I. Introduction 

II. Political Intimidation and Violence  III. Violations of Freedom of Expression  IV. Torture and Arbitrary Arrests  V. A Climate of Fear and Pessimism

Appendix: Applicable Legal Standards 

Acknowledgements 

Map of Afghanistan 

Map of Herat 

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