Afghan women 'still suffer abuse' Print E-mail
Dear Ones,
By now we know that whatever Laura Bush found encouraging about "the advances of Afghan women" in late April escaped our own Carol Mann during Carol's overlapping visit to Kabul - to remind of Carol's view click here

A few weeks further on, Mrs Bush Jnr's "encouraging signs" appear to have also escaped Amnesty [see below for a brief BBC News item referring to Amnesty's Report "Afghanistan: Women under attack"]!

Such is life in the spin lane where reality counts for nothing amongst members of the Bush Dynasty, and where First Ladies are rarely held accountable for their inaccuracies?!?!- Lynette
BBC News - Monday May 30 2005

Afghan women 'still suffer abuse'

Afghan women in burqas

Little has changed since the days of the Taleban

Women all over Afghanistan are still being murdered, raped and imprisoned with impunity, the human rights group Amnesty International has said.

It says entrenched feudal customs mean Afghan men often treat women as chattels and abuse them without any official retribution.

"Throughout the country, few women are exempt from violence or safe from the threat of it," the report says.

Amnesty International based its report on interviews done across the country.

It calls on the Afghan government to start a process of education to change the treatment of women.

In the report Afghanistan: Women Under Attack, Amnesty says hundreds of women continue to suffer abuse in Afghanistan despite the overthrow of the Taleban regime more than three years ago.

"Societal codes, invoked in the name of tradition and religion, are used as justification for denying women the ability to enjoy their fundamental rights.

"Perceived transgressions or such codes have led to the imprisonment and even killing of some women," the report says.

No improvement

The report's author, Nazia Hussein, who travelled all over the country conducting interviews, told Reuters there was a deep sense of disappointment that matters had not improved since the removal of the Taleban.

"A lot of women told us they had hoped things would change rapidly for the better after the overthrow of the Taleban, so there is a sense of disappointment," she said.

A spokeswoman for the Afghan women's affairs ministry said improvements had been made for women in the cities, where the government's authority was strongest, but she said there had been few advances in rural areas.

"In some remote areas, men deal with women like animals," the Associated Press quoted the spokeswoman, Nooria Haqnagar, as saying.

"We are trying our best to find solutions to these problems," she said.

Women were forbidden from education and work under the Taleban regime.