AFGHANISTAN: Stop stoning and other forms of cruel punishments by the Taliban

Publication Date: 
August 18, 2010
SKSW Campaign
Violence is not our culture

The Global Campaign to Stop Killing and Stoning Women and the Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML) International Solidarity Network condemn the recent incidents of violent punishments by the Taliban in Afghanistan.   

On Sunday 15 August, a couple in their twenties were publicly executed by stoning by the Taliban in a village controlled by their forces in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan.The couple had eloped to Pakistan, although they were reportedly engaged to other people, but later returned to their village of Mullah Qulli in the Archi district of Kunduz. Some reports indicate that their families had agreed to marry them, while others conclude that a jirga had ruled they would be pardoned if the accused male paid compensation. However, the Taliban arrested and stoned to death the two young people in a bazaar of Dasht-e Archi district on the accusation of committing an act of adultery, as confirmed by Mohammad Omar, the governor of Kunduz.

Female Afghan Governor Fears Taliban Deal

Publication Date: 
July 19, 2010
New York Times

On the eve of an international conference in Afghanistan, the country’s only female governor that Afghan women should not have to sacrifice their rights as part of any peace agreement with the Taliban.

Afghanistan: 'Shaming' her in-laws costs 19 year old her nose, ears

Publication Date: 
March 18, 2010
19 year old Bibi Aisha of Afghanistan

"When they cut off my nose and ears, I passed out," 19-year-old Bibi Aisha of Afghanistan says with chilling candor.

Her beauty is still stunning and her confidence inspiring. It takes a moment for the barbaric act committed against her to register in your mind and sight.

Wearing her patterned scarf and with roughly painted nails she shares her story.

"It felt like there was cold water in my nose, I opened my eyes and I couldn't even see because of all the blood," she remembers.

It was an act of Taliban justice for the crime of shaming her husband's family.

This story began when Aisha was just 8 years old.

The “Ten-Dollar Talib” and Women’s Rights: Afghan Women and the Risks of Reintegration and Reconciliation

Publication Date: 
July, 2010
The “Ten-Dollar Talib” and Women’s Rights Afghan: Women and the Risks of Reintegration and Reconciliation


Summary: For Afghan women these are anxious times, caught between war and the prospect of a foreboding peace. Women and girls are paying a heavy price in the conflict areas of Afghanistan: killed and wounded by insurgents and airstrikes; local codes of honor violated by intrusive “night raids” by international soldiers; their movement sharply hindered by insecurity; and for many the loss of their families’ breadwinners. Insurgents regularly deny Afghan girls the right to education via attacks on schools and threats against teachers or students. They deny women the right to pursue their own livelihoods, attacking or threatening women working outside of the home.

Afghanistan: Talks shouldn't ignore Taliban abuse of women

Publication Date: 
July 13, 2010
Human Rights Watch
The “Ten-Dollar Talib” and Women’s Rights Afghan: Women and the Risks of Reintegration and Reconciliation


Any Deals With Insurgents Should Guarantee Women's Rights

(Kabul) July 13, 2010 -- Ongoing Taliban attacks on women in Afghanistan show why women's rights should be a priority in any political agreement with insurgent forces, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Afghan government and its international supporters have ignored the need to protect women in programs to reintegrate insurgent fighters and have not guaranteed that women's rights will be included in potential talks with the Taliban, Human Rights Watch said. 

The 65-page report, "," addresses the potential challenges to women's rights posed by future government agreements with insurgent forces. The report describes how in areas under Taliban control, women are often subjected to threats, intimidation and violence, girls' education is targeted, and women political leaders and activists are attacked and killed with impunity. 

"Afghan women shouldn't have to give up their rights so the government can cut a deal with the Taliban," said Tom Malinowski, Washington director at Human Rights Watch. "It would be a tragic betrayal to snatch away the progress made by and for women and girls over the past nine years." 

Afghanistan: School girls hospitalized - Suspect poisoning

Publication Date: 
June 13, 2010

Kabul, Afghanistan -- About 60 schoolgirls in Afghanistan's Balkh province appear to have been poisoned and required hospitalization, the Ministry of Health said Sunday. The victims ranged in age from 9 to 14.

Afghanistan: Concluding Observations by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (3-21 May 2010)

Publication Date: 
May, 2010
Afghanistan: Concluding Observations by the ECOSOC Committee

Highlights from the Report

16. The Committee notes with concern that the traditional dispute resolution mechanisms which absorbs more cases of dispute that the formal judicial system, is not compatible with the human rights standards, including the Covenant rights. The Committee regrets the fact that the rights of women and children, as well as those of nomadic tribes and the poorest sectors of society, are particularly affected by the lack of access to formal justice mechanisms.

Afghanistan: Attack on female politician highlights growing risk for Afghan women in public life

Publication Date: 
April 8, 2010
Amnesty International

The shooting of a female Afghan politician on Monday demonstrates the fragility of the modest gains made by Afghan women after the fall of the Taleban, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

Nida Khyani, a female Provincial Council member, was left in critical condition after being attacked in a drive-by shooting in Pul-e-Khumri, the provincial capital of Baghlan in northern Afghanistan.

Proceedings of the CSW panel discussion on violence against women and girls justified in the name of culture

Publication Date: 
March, 2010

On March 3rd, a panel discussion on violence against women and girls justified in the name of culture was held by the Violence is Not our Culture (VNC) campaign during the 54th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).