KABUL – Afghan women activists who are working to improve the human rights situation in their country face increased violence, including threats, sexual assault and assassinations, Amnesty International said Tuesday.
The London-based watchdog criticized Afghan authorities in a report released in Kabul, saying that both the Afghan government and the international community have abandoned the women activists despite the gains made in the past decade.
Based on interviews with more than 50 women rights defenders and their relatives across the country, Amnesty said it found that Afghan authorities consistently ignored or refused to act on threats against women.
“The lack of protection is simply shocking,” Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s secretary general, told reporters. He said that out of the 50 cases Amnesty examined, in only one instance was an arrest made. In all the other cases, complaints were neglected or ignored by officials.
The report’s release comes as Afghanistan is…
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