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11/26/2013 (1 year ago)

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As troops withdraw, lawmakers set up society by sharia law

It appears that committing military manpower to Afghanistan in order to quell the Taliban has had very little effect on people's attitudes here. As troops begin to withdraw, the Afghan government is drawing up laws - one of which is that suspected adulterers can be stoned.

After more than 12 years of war, donors fear that hard-won progress, particularly for Afghan women, may be eroding. Untold billions have been invested on promoting human rights throughout the region.

After more than 12 years of war, donors fear that hard-won progress, particularly for Afghan women, may be eroding. Untold billions have been invested on promoting human rights throughout the region.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

11/26/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Stoning, Afghanistan, sharia law, reform


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "We are working on the draft of a sharia penal code where the punishment for adultery, if there are four eyewitnesses, is stoning," Rohullah Qarizada, part of the sharia Islamic law committee says. The committee is working on the draft.

It's a very disappointing example of the human rights that was won at a high price since the Taliban were ousted in 2001 are sadly now rolling back as foreign troops withdraw.

After more than 12 years of war, donors fear that hard-won progress, particularly for Afghan women, may be eroding. Untold billions have been invested on promoting human rights throughout the region.

convicted adulterers were routinely shot or stoned in executions held mostly weekly during the Taliban's reign throughout 1996-2001. in addition, women were not permitted to go out on their own, girls were barred from schools and men were obliged to grow long beards.

The violence is ongoing. Two lovers narrowly escaped being stoned in Baghlan province north of Kabul, but were publicly shot over the weekend instead, officials said. Tragically, there remains popular support for the brutal punishment.

"While they were fleeing, suddenly their car crashed and locals arrested them. People wanted to stone them on the spot but some elders disagreed," the provincial head of women's affairs, Khadija Yaqeen said.

"The next day they decided and shot both of them dead in public. Our findings show that the woman's father had ordered to shoot both man and woman."

The provincial police chief's spokesman said the killings were unlawful. Both killings were confirmed. 

"It is absolutely shocking that 12 years after the fall of the Taliban government, the Karzai administration might bring back stoning as a punishment," Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch says.

The U.S. based rights group has urged funding to be tied to commitments. Norway took the rare step of cutting aid on the grounds that Afghanistan had failed to meet commitments to protect women's rights and fight corruption.

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