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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
29 Sep 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai [official website] on Saturday approved the execution of five men as what is possibly his final act in office. The five men were convicted and sentenced to death [JURIST report] two weeks ago for their involvement in the armed robbery and gang-rape of a family … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] Afghanistan's Independent Election Complaints Commission (IECC) [official website] said on Sunday that there have been more more incidents of serious fraud reported in the April presidential election than the previous election in 2009, when more than a million suspect votes were thrown out. The April 5 vote has been … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] An Afghan election official from the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) warned in a news conference Wednesday that Saturday's national election may may have suffered a degree of fraud. According to IECC spokesperson Nadir Mohsini In the 48-hour period for filing complaints after the election the IECC received [UNAMA … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Lebanon's parliament [official website, in Arabic] passed a law on Tuesday criminalizing domestic violence. The new law comes after a long campaign by woman's rights groups triggered [AFP report] by the death of multiple woman [AP report] allegedly from abuse by their husbands. Such domestic violence sparked large-scale protests … [read more]


Professional Commentary
5 Mar 2014
by Heather Barr of Human Rights Watch
edited by Stephen Krug

JURIST Guest Columnist Heather Barr of Human Rights Watch says that the deplorable state of women's rights in Afghanistan should not be tolerated and that changes must be made...Four years ago, a long-awaited law to protect women and girls from violence, the Law on Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW), … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Experts from the UN Working Group on discrimination against women in law and practice [official website], along with several other special groups within the UN, urged [press release] Kenya on Monday to repeal sections of the Marriage and Property Act [text]. According to the experts, the provisions effectively deny … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai [official website] on Monday ordered changes to controversial proposed legislation which rights groups believe would effectively deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage. Article 26 of the proposed criminal procedure law [Guardian report] expressly prohibits "relatives" from testifying against each other in criminal … [read more]


Legal News
4 Feb 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday encouraged [press release] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai [official website] to refuse to sign a law passed by parliament that they say would deny women protection from domestic violence and forced marriage. Article 26 of the proposed criminal procedure law prohibits authorities … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] A spokesperson for Afghan President Hamid Karzai [official website] on Thursday said that the administration would be releasing seventy-two prisoners the United States considers dangerous militants from Bagram prison, stating that there was not enough evidence to continue to hold them. The government said [BBC report] that there was … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Tuesday called on the Afghan government to strengthen humans rights efforts [press release] in preparation for presidential elections in April 2014 and the departure of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) [official website] in late 2014. Pillay characterized … [read more]


Legal News
5 Sep 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The nonprofit human rights law firm Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) [advocacy website] released a report [materials] on Thursday detailing the conditions at Bagram Prison [official website] in Afghanistan, a facility that detains non-Afghan prisoners of the US despite not being under US control [JURIST report] since March. According to … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jul 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] A UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [official website] mid-year report [text, PDF] released on Wednesday indicated a 23 percent rise in the number of Afghani civilian casualties over the first six months of 2013 as compared to the same period last year. The report noted that many civilian … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

In the wake of 9/11, Bush declared a "War on Terror," sparking US anti-terrorism efforts in the Philippines, Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Lebanon, Yemen, Pakistan, and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. On October 7, 2001, the first military action in the War on Terror was launched against the Taliban … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jul 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai [official website] ratified two new election laws on Wednesday. The UN had pressed the president to improve the election commission he had threatened to disperse after it disqualified 25 percent of the 2009 ballots, sparking violence across the country. By reinvigorating the Independent Election Commission … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jun 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Friday warned [press release] that recent appointments to Afghanistan's top human rights body compromise its independence, recommending that President Hamid Karzai [official website] reconsider the appointments and re-open the selection process. Earlier this month President Karzai appointed … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai [official website] demanded Saturday that all prisoners of war held by UK forces at Bagram Airfield [official website] be released into Afghan custody. The estimated number of detainees is more than 80. Karzai's spokesperson, Aimal Faizi, confirmed [press release] that Karzai instructed National Security Advisor … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The Afghan Parliament approved two new electoral laws Wednesday that will take effect in the elections next spring. According to Tolo News of Afghanistan [official website], the statutes in question will provide a legal framework for the quarantine of ballot boxes and the creation of a complaints commission. Both … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2013
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] The US gave full control of Bagram Prison [official website] to Afghanistan on Monday, winding down US military presence in Afghanistan. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai [BBC profile] sought to regain control of the detention center in efforts to reclaim sovereignty [AFP report] over the country, as the US begins … [read more]


Legal News
11 Feb 2013
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] An Afghan government commission announced Monday that it has confirmed the findings of a report [text, PDF] released last month by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [official website] that revealed widespread torture and mistreatment of prisoners in facilities across Afghanistan. President Hamid Karzai [official website] had ordered … [read more]

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