Attacked from two sides: Afghan prosecutors remain at risk
The suspension of the transfers and processing of German visas for those accepted by the German Government has cut a lifeline to Afghans at risk. Once again, Afghans find themselves let down by the international community, abandoned in fear and limbo.
Amnesty International finds evidence of Taliban war crimes. What comes next?
Amnesty International released a report last week presenting evidence of Taliban war crimes in Afghanistan’s Panjshir province, the base of operations for opposition forces belonging to the National Resistance Front. The nongovernmental organization has put forward horrifying proof of “torture and other ill-treatment, extrajudicial executions, hostage-taking, the intentional burning of civilian homes, and arbitrary deprivation of liberty,” finding that the Taliban’s “conduct in sum constitutes collective punishment, which is in itself a war crime.”
UN experts: legal professionals in Afghanistan face extreme risks, need urgent international support
We are gravely concerned about the dire situation faced by lawyers in Afghanistan and take this occasion to stress our broad concerns about the human rights abuses resulting from the dismantling of the independent legal system, and its replacement with a de facto system that flagrantly violates international standards.
Afghanistan: Male judges and prosecutors left behind in ‘forgotten crisis’
The Taliban’s increasingly draconian policies in Afghanistan, the return to Sharia law and attacks on women’s rights have rightly drawn the world’s attention. However, almost 18 months after the Taliban seized power, there are growing calls to ensure that Afghan men, including those working in the legal profession, are also safe from harm.
An Attorney Flees the Taliban and Finds Support in New York’s J-COR Program
When Somaia Sharif Zada came to the United States in August 2021, she had little more than the clothes she was wearing and her laptop computer. But the 28-year-old Afghan native also brought with her something intangible – and she hopes, in the long term, far more valuable: More than eight years of experience as a practicing attorney, with a focus on assisting other women in domestic violence, divorce, and other cases.
UK has failed to resettle Afghans facing torture and death despite promise
Afghan nationals who were promised resettlement to the UK nearly a year ago are facing torture and death while they wait for a response from the British government, the Observer can reveal.