Afghan president denied more control of vote body

KABUL - (AP) Afghanistan's parliament rejected a bid Wednesday by President Hamid Karzai to tighten his control over a key electoral watchdog body, after concerns he was reneging on promises to clean up corruption. The lower house voted down a proposal to allow Karzai to appoint three of the five...

Afghan conference calls for talks with Taliban

KABUL Afghanistan (AP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai received a boost from a national conference of tribal, religious and civic leaders for his plans to approach the Taliban to talk peace. His more difficult challenge will be to convince insurgent leaders and the Obama administration. Washington...

Central Asian Laws Toolbox

Welcome to our Central Asian Laws Toolbox, our collection of laws and legal analysis for the nations of this emerging region that is rich in natural resources and in the history and culture of the Silk Road! Whether you are new to working in the region or even if you have some experience working there...

Amnesty says half a million Afghans displaced

KABUL Afghanistan (AP) - Every day, 400 people join the ranks of half a million displaced by fighting and natural disaster in Afghanistan and the country's government has been hampering international efforts to help them, Amnesty International said Thursday. A new, disturbing report by Amnesty...

Afghanistan’s Dancing Boys Are Human Rights Victims

Without context, the term "dancing boys" might appear to be innocent in nature, such as a reference to a youth dance troupe. Even the Afghani term "bacha bazi," which roughly translates as "boy play," doesn't fully convey the human rights abuses inflicted upon such...

Afghan child bride's in-laws sentenced for torture

KABUL Afghanistan (AP) - The in-laws of a child bride who became the bruised and bloodied face of women's rights in Afghanistan have been sentenced to 10 years in prison for torture, abuse and human rights violations, a judge said Saturday. The plight of Full version (available to lexis.com...

Afghani Schools, Women’s Human Rights, and the Rule of Law

If you're an adult Afghani woman, you're probably one of the 94% who never attended school because the Taliban prohibited it. Although 3 million girls now attend school in Afghanistan, the long-term prospects for receiving an education are grim. To attend school means to risk your life...

Afghan police say man killed wife for wanting job

KABUL Afghanistan (AP) - A man in a western Afghan city has confessed to stabbing his wife to death to prevent her from taking a job outside the home, police said Monday. Mohammad Anwar, who was arrested in the provincial capital for the murder, said he Full version (available to lexis.com subscribers...