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Afghanistan entered a new period of instability in 2014

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(Last Updated On: January 30, 2015)

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Human Rights Watch in a recent report announced that Afghanistan entered to a new period of instability in the year 2014 that had important effects on Human Rights.

According to the report Human Rights violation in Afghanistan had a remarkable increase.

About Afghanistan, the report pointed at Afghanistan presidential election that said the charges of corruption from rival teams caused political stalemate and simultaneously with the fate of political transition, Taliban’s pressure caused the increase of human rights violation.

According to Human Rights Watch most of the victims of armed attacks in Afghanistan were civilians.

The human rights situation in Afghanistan continues to face serious challenges, with the 2014 elections and scheduled conclusion of security transition creating an environment of uncertainty, including for human rights. Many Afghans, especially women, fear that achievements made in the protection and promotion of human rights since 2001 will be increasingly at risk.

Child casualties were 36 per cent higher than those recorded in 2013. During the first 11 months of 2013, at least nine children were killed or injured every two days in Afghanistan. July and August 2013 were the worst months on record for children, with 214 injured and 196 killed in the armed conflict.

Violence, discrimination and harmful practices against women remain systemic and entrenched; landmark protections for women, including the 2009 Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women, have been questioned.

As security transition proceeds in 2014 and Afghan National Security Forces take full responsibility for civilian protection and command and control of all military operations.

Human rights in Afghanistan is a topic of some controversy and conflict. While the Taliban were well known for numerous human rights abuses, several human rights violations continue to take place in the post-Taliban government era.

Reported by Fahim Noori

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IED explosion in Nangarhar leaves 2 dead, 28 wounded

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(Last Updated On: June 20, 2022)

At least two civilians were killed and 28 others including five members of the Islamic Emirate forces were wounded in an explosion on Monday in Nangarhar province.

The blast occurred in Ghanikhil district of Nangarhar, said district governor Mawovi Seddiqullah.

According to Seddiqullah, the incident happened in Shirgar market when a magnetic mine targeted a district health department vehicle.

The wounded have been taken to the provincial hospital.

“The injured were taken to Nangarhar regional hospital for treatment and their condition is stable,” Seddiqullah said.

So far no group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

UNAMA condemns this morning’s attack in a crowded bazaar in Nangarhar province which killed and wounded number of civilians, including some children.

Continuing attacks targeting civilians across #Afghanistan must cease immediately, UNAMA tweeted.

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Flash floods in Badakhshan destroy farms, houses and irrigation canals

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(Last Updated On: June 16, 2022)

Badakhshan officials confirmed Thursday that flash floods in the province have caused widespread destruction and financial losses across Zebak district. 

According to the head of Zebak development council, Fazal Ahmad Faizi, the worst hit areas in the district were Gul Khana, Dand, Dasht-e-Khan, Now Abad, and Khalkhan villages.

He said the floods were triggered by heavy rainfall in the area.

Speaking to Bakhtar News Agency, Faizi said the floods damaged 44 hectares of farmland, fields, eight houses, irrigation ditches, and a road that connects two villages.

Livestock was also lost in the floods. 

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Gem stone and minerals processing center opens in Badakhshan 

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(Last Updated On: June 14, 2022)

For the first time the Chamber of Industries and Mines, as well as a center for processing and selling gem stones and minerals have been established in Badakhshan province.

During his visit to Badakhshan province, the acting Minister of Economy inaugurated the new chamber and the gem stone center.

The purpose of establishing this center is to process precious and semi-precious stones for sale on the national and international markets.

The acting minister of economy, Din Mohammad Hanif, said at the opening of the center that although millions of dollars had flowed into Afghanistan in recent years, no basic work had been done to make Afghanistan self sufficient.

Hanif said billions of dollars had been spent in recent years, but added that aid has not been effective in rescuing Afghanistan from financial dependence. 

One example of this was that Afghanistan pays other countries $340 million for electricity. 

“One is the opening of the Chamber of Industries and Mines, and second is the opening of the processing center, and we take this as a good omen, and the Badakhshan that you see is really hopeful, and we have to move forward step by step,” said Hanif.

The executive director of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce says that Badakhshan has a huge assortment of gem stones and natural minerals, which will be processed through the new center and sold on both domestic and international markets. 

“Badakhshan is one of the richest provinces in the world. In the past, people knew little about Badakhshan. Badakhshan has ruby and lapis lazuli, but you should know that in Badakhshan there are more expensive things which other countries do not have,” said Rahimullah Samandar, executive director of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Residents of Badakhshan also hope that the establishment of this center and the extraction of natural resources, especially precious stones, will provide them with jobs and employment.

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