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Legal News
13 Dec 2015
by Alonso Diaz

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a report [report, PDF] Saturday describing human rights abuses in Kunduz, Afghanistan, during a temporary occupation by the Taliban. The report released preliminary figures of 289 civilian deaths and 559 civilian … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] and Pentagon officials have completed their investigation into the October 3 bombing of the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) [advocacy website] hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan and announced [statement] on Wednesday that it was an "avoidable accident caused primarily by human error." Commander … [read more]


Legal News
18 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) [advocacy website] has accused [press release, in Persian] the Taliban of Human rights abuses during the battle in Kunduz earlier this month. According to AIHRC at least 50 civilians were killed and more than 300 injured. They further indicated that the number … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The discrepancies between the US and Afghan accounts of the US-led bombing that struck a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, last week call for an independent investigation by a never-before-used international body, said Joanne Liu, president of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) [advocacy website], in a speech [statement] on Wednesday. Twenty-two … [read more]


Legal News
5 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] called Saturday for a "swift, full and transparent investigation" [press release] into airstrikes that hit a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) [advocacy website] clinic in Kunduz, Afghanistan, over the weekend. The bombing, which lasted approximately 30 minutes, killed … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Tuesday asked parties involved in the Taliban attack in Kunduz, Afghanistan, to do everything in their power to protect civilians form harm [press release]. He expressed concern over the deteriorating human rights situation and urged "all … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The UN [official website] on Wednesday said [press release] that a new report [text, PDF] shows a significant increase in the number of women and children being hurt or killed in Afghanistan's war against the Taliban and other insurgents. The number of total casualties in the conflict rose by … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The hostilities in Afghanistan are leading to the killing and wounding of thousands and the forced relocation of families into neighboring countries, according to Mark Bowden [official profile], the UN Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, in statements [press release] made on Monday. While addressing the Second Independent Media … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [official website] on Monday condemned [press release] Sunday's suicide attack targeting a bus carrying civilian passengers working for the Attorney General's office. The attack killed five prosecutors and injured 19 people. The Taliban claimed responsibility, making this their twelfth attack in 2015 … [read more]


Legal News
6 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Afghanistan's Primary Court in Kabul sentenced four men to death on Tuesday for the mob killing of a 27-year-old Afghan woman in March. Farkhunda was killed March 19 after being accused of burning a copy of the Koran, although an investigation later determined she never did. The attack was … [read more]


Legal News
19 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Afghanistan must strengthen its criminal justice system to provide protection for women victims of domestic violence, according to a report [text, DOC] released [press release] Sunday by the the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official websites]. The … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [official website] on Monday reported an increase in civilian casualties [press release] from ground engagements in Afghanistan compared to the same time last year, with indications that the number will only continue to rise in the coming months. The report appeals to … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Afghanistan women's rights activists are facing increased violence and a lack of governmental support, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [materials; press release] published Tuesday. According to AI, female activists face threats, sexual assault, killing of family members, grenade attacks on homes and assassinations. The report … [read more]


Legal News
20 Mar 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A military court in Warsaw on Thursday cleared four Polish soldiers of war crimes violations in Afghanistan. The trial began [JURIST report] in February 2009. The soldiers were prosecuted for violating provisions of the Geneva Conventions [ICRC materials], which provide protection for civilian villages that pose no threat to … [read more]


Legal News
3 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Economic donors to Afghanistan should encourage the prosecution of officials guilty of human rights violations, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] stated in a report [text, PDF] issued Tuesday. The report details the long-standing violations that have left victims with no redress for years and stresses the importance of … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [official website] announced [press release] Wednesday that Afghanistan has made "some progress" toward preventing the torture and ill-treatment of detainees held in government custody. The UN officials acknowledged the effort and commitment the Afghan government has shown towards eliminating the use of … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [official website] released its annual report [text, PDF] on the "Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict" on Wednesday, which indicated [press release] a 22 percent increase in civilian causalities in 2014. The marked increase represents the deadliest year in Afghanistan since record … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2014
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) [official website] formally ended its war in Afghanistan [press release] on Sunday after 13 years of conflict. The quiet ceremony in Kabul was arranged in secret due to increasing Taliban strikes in the area, including suicide bombings and gun violence. On January 1 … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2014
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International [advocacy websites] on Wednesday issued a joint statement [press release] urging Afghanistan's foreign donors to support human rights progress within the country. The statement, in conjunction with recent letters [text] to foreign ministers, urges domestic and international accountability, especially for female human … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2014
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, called on the government of Afghanistan [press release] and the international community on Thursday to adopt sustainable measures to address the causes and consequences of violence against women in the country. Although there have been "positive legislative and institutional … [read more]

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