Monday 6 December 2004
December 04, 2004
HRW Urges: No Warlords In New Afghan Cabinet
Afghanistan's president-elect, Hamid Karzai (file photo) 4 December 2004 -- Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Afghanistan's President-elect Hamid Karzai to avoid the appointment of warlords to his new cabinet once he takes office in an inauguration scheduled for 7 December.
November 29, 2004
World: Activists Gather With Government Delegates At Anti-Mine Summit
Some predict Afghanistan will be cleared of mines in a decade Kenya today officially launched a weeklong international conference toward the goal of eradicating land mines around the world. Held under the auspices of the United Nations, the conference gathers representatives of more than 140 governments that have ratified the 1997 Convention on the Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines. Hundreds of anti-mine activists and land-mine victims also are attending the Nairobi conference.
November 26, 2004
Afghanistan: For Abducted Girl, Fear Of Honor Killing By Relatives Follows A Rape
Each year several hundred children -- both boys and girls -- are kidnapped in Afghanistan. The children are often sold as brides into forced marriages or as slaves to be worked hard and, sometimes, sexually exploited. Ill treatment does not always end with the children's release from their abductors. RFE/RL looks at Rahima's story.
November 23, 2004
Afghanistan: Three UN Hostages Freed
Three foreign UN workers held hostage in Afghanistan for nearly a month were freed early today. The hostages included a woman from Northern Ireland named Annetta Flanigan, an ethnic Albanian woman from Kosovo named Shqipe Hebibi, and Filipino diplomat Angelito Nayan.
November 19, 2004
Afghanistan: Spokesman Denies Splits In Taliban, Condemns Kidnapping Of Women
Recent media reports suggest that remnants of Afghanistan's former Taliban regime are riddled with leadership rivalries and internal divisions that were exacerbated by October's relatively peaceful elections in Afghanistan. But in an interview with RFE/RL's Afghan Service, a Taliban spokesman denied reports of any splits in the Islamic movement. Spokesman Abdul Latif Hakimi also condemned the recent abduction of three female UN employees and dismissed reports that Taliban backers are targeting all international aid workers in Afghanistan. But Hakimi also warned that the Taliban plans to punish some aid workers who carry out suspicious activities.
November 18, 2004
Afghanistan: UN Says Opium Production Presents 'Clear And Present Danger' To Country's Future
A survey released today by the United Nation's Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) says Afghanistan is in danger of becoming what it calls a "narco-state," as opium cultivation in the country has increased by 64 percent compared to 2003. Announcing the findings during a press briefing in Brussels, UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa said Afghanistan now accounts for 87 percent of the world's supply of opium, the basic ingredient in heroin. He called opium production a "clear and present danger" to Afghanistan, saying it could ultimately destroy "everything" -- democracy, reconstruction, and stability.
November 17, 2004
Afghan Officials Don't Think Militants Have UN Hostages
17 November 2004 -- Afghanistan's Interior Ministry says it believes three UN workers abducted nearly three weeks ago in Afghanistan are probably still being held in the area but not by the Taliban splinter group that claims to be seeking negotiations on their fates.