Afghanistan

Taliban threaten media with attack, amid ongoing peace process excluding CSOs and women

Taliban issue threat to media over anti-Taliban commercials and warn of targeted attacks. On 24th June 2019, the Taliban, in a statement, publicly threatened to turn critical media into a military target. Media workers continue to face intimidation, threats and attacks. Read more

Taliban threaten media with attack, amid ongoing peace process excluding CSOs and women

Deplorable Taliban attack on aid NGO reflects CSOs fears of losing civil rights in the peace process

On 8th May 2019, Taliban attacked the offices of an aid international NGO in Kabul, Counterpart International, killing nine, including three civilians, and wounding at least 20 others, according to initial reports. Read more

Deplorable Taliban attack on aid NGO reflects CSOs fears of losing civil rights in the peace process

Afghan HRDs concerned about shrinking space for civil society

Intensified peace negotiations with the Taliban in the recent months have raised alarm over the protection of civil rights and freedoms among civil society and especially women's rights groups across the country. Civil society strongly denounced their exclusion from the series peace talks meetings with Taliban in the first months of 2019. Read more

Afghan HRDs concerned about shrinking space for civil society

Afghanistan ranked the most dangerous country for journalists in 2018 as peace talks progress

Since the beginning of 2019, at least three journalists have been killed in Afghanistan, as the country was ranked the world's deadliest for journalists in 2018. Additionally, civil society and women's activists demanded space and inclusion as peace talks progress. Read more

Afghanistan ranked the most dangerous country for journalists in 2018 as peace talks progress

Civil society activists among those killed in violence around elections

The Afghan parliamentary elections was held on 20 October 2018 amid violent attacks against civilians, candidates and activists Read more

Civil society activists among those killed in violence around elections

Increased threats against human rights defenders in Ghazni and Farah provinces

In between May and August 2018, the province of Farah and Ghanzni fell briefly into the hands of the Taliban. Due to this human rights defenders including women rights defenders came under serious threat by the Taliban. HRDs also received death threats from warlords and state actors in the province. Read more

Increased threats against human rights defenders in Ghazni and Farah provinces

Deadliest attack on journalists as nine killed in Afghan bombing

Nine journalists were among at least 25 people killed in twin bombings in Kabul on 30th April 2018 while 49 others were wounded. In a separate attack in Khost province an unidentified gunmen shot dead a BBC Pashto journalist Read more

Deadliest attack on journalists as nine killed in Afghan bombing

Save the Children staff killed in terror attack

Four Save the Children staff were killed in a terrorist attack in Jalalabad on 24th January, 2018. Read more

Save the Children staff killed in terror attack

Local monitoring organisations document appalling violations of freedom of expression

According to the Afghan Journalists' Safety Committee (AJSC), 2016 was a the most dangerous year thus far for journalists and media professionals in Afghanistan. Read more

Local monitoring organisations document appalling violations of freedom of expression

Suicide Bombing kills 80 during peaceful protest in Afghanistan

On 23rd June, a suicide bombing during a protest in Kabul killed 80 people and injured more than 200. The protest was staged by the Hazara community over a new proposed power line that bypasses the provinces where they live. Read more