Afghanistan

Protests escalate in Afghanistan as frustration with Taliban rule and abuses grow

In recent months, protests by women activists have been met by restrictions and violence as well as arrests, torture and ill-treatment. Media outlets have been banned and journalists covering protests restricted. Books and social media apps are being banned while political parties have effectively been banned. Read more

Protests escalate in Afghanistan as frustration with Taliban rule and abuses grow

A year of Taliban rule leaves civic space decimated in Afghanistan

15th August 2022 marked one year since the Taliban’s dramatic seizure of power. The anniversary brought with it a flood of reports further detailing the dire human rights situation in the country and the devastating impact renewed Taliban rule has had on civic space. Freedom of association remains heavily constrained. The Taliban’s ban on ‘unauthorised’ demonstrations, implemented in the early days after their takeover, remains in place. In recent months, journalists, YouTubers and private citizens have been detained for journalism or social media posts that the Taliban deemed unacceptable Read more

A year of Taliban rule leaves civic space decimated in Afghanistan

The Taliban continues to target activists, journalists and stifle protests by women with impunity

In recent months, there have been reports of the growing pattern of arbitrary arrests, unlawful detentions and enforced disappearances by the Taliban. Detained women’s rights activists have been forced to make video confessions saying they had been incited to protest by foreign activists. There have been ongoing restrictions, detention and attacks on journalists by the Taliban, the banning of international broadcasts and forcing of female news presenters to cover up. Despite harassment and threats, women’s rights activists have continued to protest for their rights to education and employment. Read more

The Taliban continues to target activists, journalists and stifle protests by women with impunity

Afghan women activists abducted by the Taliban while journalists arrested and beaten

Over the last two months, women human rights defenders have been abducted by the Taliban and their whereabouts remain unknown, while a prominent academic was briefly detained for his criticism of the Taliban. Journalists have been arrested by the Taliban and ill-treated, while some have been attacked by unknown persons with impunity. Further, protests by women activists have been disrupted with excessive force by the Taliban. Read more

Afghan women activists abducted by the Taliban while journalists arrested and beaten

Threats and attacks against activists and journalists as Afghanistan faces a humanitarian crisis

Over the last two months, human rights defenders have continued to face threats and attacks. Women’s rights defender Frozan Safi was shot and killed, while women aid workers have been blocked from operating. The Taliban took over the Afghan bar association while journalists continue to face attacks. Peaceful protests have also been stifled. Read more

Threats and attacks against activists and journalists as Afghanistan faces a humanitarian crisis

Ongoing threats and attacks against civil society, media in Afghanistan while protests restricted

Over the last month, human rights defenders and NGOs have faced death threats, attacks and killings. The Taliban has imposed media restrictions while journalists have faced intimidation and attacks. Despite restrictions imposed by the Taliban, protests by women’s groups on their denial of access to work and education have persisted. Read more

Ongoing threats and attacks against civil society, media in Afghanistan while protests restricted

Activists and journalists at risk, crackdown on protests in Afghanistan following Taliban takeover

On 15th August 2021, the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan after the government collapsed and two weeks before the US was set to complete its troop withdrawal. Civic space violations have been documented including house-to-house searches for activists, excessive use of force or firearms against peaceful protesters and raids as well as the torture and ill-treatment of journalists with impunity. Read more

Activists and journalists at risk, crackdown on protests in Afghanistan following Taliban takeover

Attacks on activists, journalists persist as Taliban offensive escalates in Afghanistan

In recent months, attacks on journalists have persisted while the Taliban disrupts media outlets in northern provinces. There have also been attempts by Afghan officials to suppress critical reporting of the conflict. Human rights defenders and activists remain at risk, while the authorities have been hampering the work of NGOs. Read more

Attacks on activists, journalists persist as Taliban offensive escalates in Afghanistan

Despite formation of a commission to protect rights defenders, attacks persist in Afghanistan

In December 2020, a new commission for the protection of human rights defenders was formed in Afghanistan. Despite this, civil society continues to document ongoing threats and attacks against human rights defenders and journalists. The perpetrators of crimes remain unpunished and the government is failing to investigate and bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice. Read more

Despite formation of a commission to protect rights defenders, attacks persist in Afghanistan

Afghan authorities failing to protect activists, journalists as attacks against civilians surge

Since July 2002, the attacks against human rights defenders have persisted with impunity. Journalists continue to face restrictions and attacks for their work while the Vice President has threatened those reporting civilian deaths. Read more

Afghan authorities failing to protect activists, journalists as attacks against civilians surge