Sharp Rise in Attacks on Activists and Journalists in Afghanistan
We stand in solidarity with women human rights defenders, journalists and civil society across Afghanistan, who are risking their lives for peace, justice and democracy.
WLUML and its partners in Afghanistan call for:
1. An end to the attacks on women, human rights defenders, civil society, and journalists, and to the culture of impunity.
2. Respect for and protection of the human rights of women’s and other rights activists, civil society, and journalists and to ensure that they are able to conduct their work without fear of violence.
3. Urgent and transparent inquiries into recent attacks and assassinations so that the perpetrators are brought to justice, and
4. An immediate ceasefire from all actors engaged in the war.
5. Meaningful and substantial participation of Afghan women representing diverse women’s interests in the peace talks.
6. Protection of the full range of women’s human rights in the outcomes of the peace process.
7. The identity of those charged with planning, attempting, or successfully carrying out attacks on civil society activists and women’s human rights defenders to be shared. Evidence of any lists of targeted assassinations on civil society should also be shared with those affected.
We extend our deepest condolences to all those affected and hope for a speedy recovery for those that have been injured.
Women Living Under Muslim Laws, February 2021
Zarqa Yaftali, Women Advocacy Committee