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Watchdog Calls For Greater UN Focus On Afghan Rights

Men stand outside a school that was allegedly set on fire by Taliban militants in Kandahar. The UN has condemned attacks on schools and children.
The global advocacy group Human Rights Watch is calling on the UN's top human rights body to pay more attention to what it calls the deteriorating rights situation in Afghanistan, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reports.

Julie de Rivero, Geneva advocacy director for Human Rights Watch, told RFE/RL today that the UN Human Rights Council took a "first step" in adopting a resolution on June 18 condemning attacks on schoolchildren in Afghanistan.

But de Rivero said it was not enough to focus on only one issue.

"What happened at this session is insufficient and really does not respond to the plight of victims of Afghanistan,” de Rivero said. “We've been documenting different types of abuses which take place in detention centers, including problems within the judicial system, due process rights, but also unfortunately the practice of torture."