Rape legal in Bush’s ‘new’ Afghanistan?

This video from the USA says about itself:

Former Afghani Parliamentarian Reveals Impact of US Occupation – MALALAI JOYA

4 Nov 2013

SAN DIEGO | After being passed up for the Nobel Prize and four assassination attempts former Afghani Parliamentarian MALALAI JOYA has made her way to the San Diego to tell of the true impact of the US war in Afghanistan. She appears exclusively on the Next News Network.

Twelve years after the invasion of Afghanistan by U.S. forces, that country continues to suffer through horrific violence. The Taliban has been removed from power, but in its place is a government many consider to be too anxious to continue the war.

In a country where many people consider women to be second-class citizens, a few brave activists are beginning to step forward. Many of these women become victims of repeated assassination attempts. Religious extremists determined to stop them from speaking out include the Taliban, which holds a significant military presence in the nation.

Those who also dare to speak out against their government and the U.S. occupation also face opposition from the government of Hamid Karzai.

Malalai Joya was named one of Time Magazine‘s 100 Most Influential people in 2010. Raised in the refugee camps of Afghanistan and Iran, Joya rose to become one of the youngest members of the Afghan Parliament. She taught in secret schools for girls, and helped establish a free medical clinic.

Joya stood up against what she called a parliament of warlords, and was forced from office in 2007.

The young activist has a new book about her experiences, called “A Woman Among Warlords.” Joya has now survived four assassination attempts.

Malalai Joya is out guest on the show today. She is here to talk to us about her experiences as a female activist in Afghanistan. We will also talk about the effects of the American occupation on the ordinary people of that nation, as well as the future of Afghanistan.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

A law that would permit Afghan men to hurt and rape female relatives

President Karzai is about to ratify a law that would prevent relatives testifying against men accused of domestic violence

Manizha Naderi

Thursday 6 February 2014 10.11 GMT

It is hard sometimes to describe the enormous efforts taken by the Afghan political elite and conservative lawmakers to roll back hard won progress on women’s rights in Afghanistan. Here we have yet another frightening example: a new law, passed by both houses of the Afghan parliament and waiting for President Hamid Karzai’s ratification, would prohibit the questioning of relatives of an accused perpetrator of a crime, effectively eliminating victim testimony in cases of domestic violence.

In article 26 of the proposed change in the criminal prosecution code, those prohibited from testifying would include: husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts and descendants of those relatives up to the second generation. Doctors and psychiatrists would also be banned from giving evidence.

This proposed law is particularly troubling in a country where violence against women is endemic and, most commonly, is at the hands of a relative. In a 2008 study, Global Rights found that 87% of Afghan women will experience some form of violence in their lifetime; 62% experience multiple forms of violence, including forced marriage and sexual violence.

Women for Afghan Women (WAW) can attest to these findings. Over 90% of the nearly 10,000 women and girls we have served since 2007 have been victims of domestic violence. Our clients have been raped, sold, beaten, starved and mutilated – primarily at the hands of a family member, or in some cases, multiple family members.

Should Karzai sign this law into effect, justice for these women would be virtually impossible. Not only would they be barred from testifying against family members who committed crimes against them, any family member who witnessed the crime would be barred as well.

Under the proposals, WAW clients, such as 15-year-old Sahar Gul who was kept in a basement and tortured by her in-laws, would have been robbed, not only of justice, but of the opportunity to reclaim her power and testify against her tormentors. Furthermore, the doctors who treated her bloodied, malnourished, and burned body would also be barred from testifying. Sahar Gul’s in-laws are serving a five-year prison sentence for torturing her. Had the new measure been law in 2012, her in-laws would likely be free to torture and abuse more women.

Other clients, such as 16-year-old Naziba who was raped by her father, would be left with no other option but to live with the abuse. At Naziba’s rape trial, her mother and uncles courageously testified against her father, and he is now serving a 12-year prison sentence. If Naziba’s relatives had been barred from testifying on her behalf, Naziba’s father might still be raping her today.

The timing of this proposed change to the law is important: a recent report by UN Women found that reported cases of violence against women was up 28% in the past year. This finding is significant because it illustrates that Afghan women are beginning to understand their rights and demand access to them.

Since 2007, our organisation has worked hard to build coalitions with local police departments, government ministries and court officials. As a result of our advocacy, these agencies are referring more and more victims to our services, instead of sending them back home or imprisoning them for running away. In some provinces, such as Kabul, the police are our biggest ally – they refer more women than any other agency. This gives us hope, illustrating that there has been a shift in attitude and perception about violence against women, not only among Afghan women, but at an institutional level as well.

However, should Karzai ratify this law, I fear that women would stop coming forward because prosecutions would be nearly impossible to secure. As an organisation that has been working tirelessly to obtain justice for women and girls who have suffered so much and so needlessly, our hands would be tied. There would be little we could do.

We, along with other human rights activists, refuse to stand back and allow this to happen. The stakes are too high and the consequences too horrific to imagine.

A US federal agency that sought to pay photographers for “positive images” of its work in Afghanistan has canceled the program. The project, created to combat negative news coverage, collapsed amid charges that the effort amounted to propaganda: here.

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British government and Afghan women, propaganda, not practice

This video about Afghan feminist Malalai Joya in the USA says about itself:

Noam Chomsky & Malalai Joya: The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan, March 25, 2011, Memorial Church, Harvard University: Filmed by Paul Hubbard.

The talk by NATO country governments about supposedly supporting Afghan women’s rights has nothing to do with the, deteriorating, real situation of Afghan women under war ond occupation. It is war propaganda, aimed at stuffing the bloody costly Afghan war down NATO countries’ taxpayers’ throats.

By Paddy McGuffin in Britain:

Britain ‘must do more’ to support Afghan women

Thursday 07 March 2013

Britain must do more to support Afghan women‘s rights and combating violence against women and girls in the country, Amnesty urged today.

The charity warned ministers that the work done so far has been merely “a drop in the ocean.”

Though the government says it is a “staunch supporter” of Afghan women’s rights, little of its recent work in the country has specifically focused on women’s rights, Amnesty said.

It said that while the Department for International Development (DfID) has spent £178 million on over 100 reconstruction and development projects in Afghanistan, only two have specifically addressed women’s rights, and both were completed in 2010.

Amnesty has launched a new petition to coincide with International Women’s Day pressing British ministers to ensure women’s rights in Afghanistan are properly prioritised.

In particular the charity is calling for tangible support on issues such as providing women’s shelters and higher recruitment and retention rates of female police officers.

Currently just one 1 per cent of Afghan police officers are women.

Concerns have also been raised that women’s rights could be sacrificed in reconciliation talks with the Taliban.

NGOs have pointed out that the Afghan government’s 70-strong High Peace Council, set up to thrash out a peace deal, includes only nine women.

Amnesty International UK director Kate Allen said time was running out.

“The Taliban are waiting and watching, and if they see us soft-pedalling on women’s rights they’ll take this as a signal that neither we nor the Afghan government are actually serious about the issue.”

She welcomed International Development Secretary Justine Greening’s announcement earlier this week that tackling violence against women will be made a “country strategic priority” for DfID in Afghanistan after 2015.

But Ms Allen said this this prioritisation must be reflected cross-departmentally.

“The bottom line is that there can be no peace in Afghanistan without women’s rights,” she said.

US defense secretary’s Afghanistan trip a debacle: here.

Afghan women lose political power as fears grow for the future: here.

Women’s rights don’t justify invading Afghanistan, and shouldn’t be launched in the name of imperial democracy again: here.

Afghan women in Kabul, 1972, before victory of the Pentagon's jihadist allies

Afghan women march against violence

This video says about itself:

Afghan Member of Parliament Malalai Joya speaks about the troubling and declining status of women’s rights in Afghanistan.

Interview recorded September 2006.

Malalai Joya was illegally expelled from the Afghan parliament by the pro-warlord pro-NATO Kabul government.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Afghan women join global demand to end violence

Thursday 14 February 2013

by Our Foreign Desk

Hundreds of Afghans marked Valentine’s Day today by marching in Kabul to denounce violence against women.

Rights groups found last year that more and more Afghan women are being attacked, despite harsher laws and officials’ pledges to prosecute the perpetrators.

Activist Humaira Rasouli said the marchers wanted violence against women “to be eliminated or at least reduced in Afghanistan,” but unfortunately it “is increasing day to day.”

Riot police stood guard as women and men walked from the Darul Aman Palace outside Kabul to an area near parliament.

Today’s march was peaceful, unlikely previous protests that had been marred by stone-throwing and insults.

It was part of the global One Billion Rising campaign that demands an end to violence against women and uses Valentine’s Day to highlight abuse.

Similar demonstrations were held around the world.

Flashmobs, marches, singing and dances were planned in about 200 countries and, significantly, many occurred in countries where women’s rights are severely held back by religious or social manacles.

In Bangladesh, acid attack survivors rallied across the country.

Monira Rahman of the Acid Survivors’ Foundation said: “It is important to mobilise society in this way to break the silence surrounding violence against women and show that people from all backgrounds have zero tolerance for it.

“In Bangladesh there is currently a big movement against war criminals and we are linking these huge demonstrations to One Billion Rising, because these men severely violated women and encouraged others to rape during the war.”

Indians also protested in New Delhi, Mumbai and other cities, galvanised by the recent fatal gang-rape that shocked the country.

In Indonesia, hundreds of students in Sumatra and Central Java held Valentine’s Day protests on Wednesday.

In Peru the mayor of Lima, Susana Villaran, officially declared today One Billion Rising Day.

From European capitals to Asian villages women and their supporters made the message clear: violence against women must stop.

Afghan Malalai Joya interviewed

This video from the USA says about itself:

Noam Chomsky & Malalai Joya: The Case for Withdrawal from Afghanistan March 25, 2011 Memorial Church, Harvard University: Filmed by Paul Hubbard.

The Film fra Sør Foundation and the Norwegian branch of the United Nations work together on the ‘Film fra Sør Norge Rundt’ project, a film touring programme bringing important films to schools and high schools all over the country. In this regard, the UN’s Stian Bragtvedt conducted an interview with renowned Afghan activist Malalai Joya: here.

Malalai Joya: Democracy never comes with invasion: here.

Afghan electoral officials said today that nine MPs should be removed from their seats because of electoral fraud: here.

The compound of the British Council headquarters in the Afghan capital, Kabul, came under a sustained guerrilla attack on Friday, resulting in nine deaths and 22 casualties: here.

Britain: Peace campaigners said today’s attack on the British Council offices in Kabul showed the continued folly of foreign intervention in the country: here.

Afghan civilians pay lethal price for new policy on air strikes: here.

Few Treatment Options for Afghans as Drug Use Rises: here.

British soldiers in Afghanistan have been banned from wearing skull-and-crossbones badges on their uniforms that declare ‘Death To The Taliban’ and proclaim membership of a ‘Taliban Hunting Club’. The unofficial stick-on badges are now a cult accessory among British troops fighting Taliban insurgents: here. And here.

In 2007, Australian government officials repeatedly told the US embassy in Canberra of its plans to increase Australian troop commitments in Afghanistan, but asked the US government to keep quiet about it, as the plans had not yet been made public: here.

The families of victims of a 2009 Nato air strike in Afghanistan are to sue Germany’s Ministry of Defence for compensation, their lawyer announced on Thursday: here.

More Afghan soldiers deserting the army, NATO statistics show: here.

Afghan feminist against war

This video, recorded in the USA, says about itself:

Malalai Joya Lecture

Malalai Joya, former female Member of the Afghan Parliament, founded an illegal school for girls when she was only 16 and has since founded more schools, health clinics, and an orphanage. She was elected to the national parliament at the age of 25, but was driven out by warlords—even facing 4 assassination attempts. She calls for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. BBC has called her “the bravest woman in Afghanistan.”

British anti-war protests: here.

A Groundswell Grows for Significant Afghanistan Withdrawal: here.

Secret US and Afghanistan talks could see troops stay for decades: here.

Ninety Percent of Petraeus’ “Taliban” Captures Were Civilians: here.

British soldiers kill Afghan woman

This video from the USA about Afghanistan is called Democracy Now! “Stop These Massacres ” Part 1/2. Malalai Joya Interviewed.

Part 2/2 is here.

Not just “kill teams” or other United States soldiers kill Afghan civilians. So did Dutch soldiers when they still were in Afghanistan (and they may start doing that again if they will go to Kunduz province, according to the Rightist Dutch government plans). So do other foreign troops; including from Britain.

From Reuters:

UK troops kill Afghan woman in car accident – police

Wed Apr 6, 2011 10:35am GMT

By Hamid Shalizi

KABUL – British troops killed an Afghan woman and wounded a woman and a child in a car accident in Kabul Wednesday, a spokesman for the Kabul police chief said, adding that initial reports a man had been shot dead at the scene were wrong.

Spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said information he had initially given out, that two women and a man had been killed, was the result of miscommunication between security forces.

The accident came at a time of heightened anti-Western sentiment across Afghanistan because of the burning of a Koran by a radical fundamentalist U.S. pastor in late March.

There have been days of protests about the desecration of Islam’s holy book, some of which have turned deadly. Seven foreign U.N. staff and at least 17 Afghans have been killed in violence in northern Mazar-i-Sharif and southern Kandahar city.

Afghanistan: NATO kills two civilians in an accident, another shot: here.

USA: Adam Ashton, The Tacoma News Tribune: “A former Afghan lawmaker told an audience of South Sound peace activists Tuesday that photos of Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers grinning over the corpse of a boy they allegedly murdered revealed a disregard for civilian lives among U.S. forces fighting in her country. ‘They are making fun with the dead bodies of my people,’ said Malalai Joya, 32, a human rights activist who visited the University of Washington Tacoma on her U.S. speaking tour. About 80 people attended her talk, which was hosted by the group Peace Action of Washington and was her seventh in the Puget Sound area this week”: here.