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HRW Calls For Investigation Into ‘Shocking’ Allegation Of Iranian Border Guards Drowning Afghan Migrants

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for a “thorough investigation” into “shocking” allegations that Iranian border guards beat and then forced a group of Afghan migrants into a river. Afghan officials said up to 70 migrants last week illegally crossed into Iran, where they were beaten, tortured, and then forced into a river by Iranian […]

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Afghan President, Chief Rival Reach ‘Tentative Agreement’ To End Months-Long Feud

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival, Abdullah Abdullah, appeared close to ending a months-long political crisis that has undermined peace talks with the Taliban and the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Abdullah said in a series of tweets on May 1 that progress in negotiations with Ghani to end the political impasse “reached […]

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Afghans Claim Foreign Combatants Fighting Alongside Taliban In Violation Of Peace Deal

Afghan officials say hundreds of foreign combatants are fighting alongside Taliban militants in a strategic northern province, a move that if proven true would violate the terms of the U.S.-Taliban peace agreement. Zakaria Sawda, the governor of the northeastern province of Badakhshan, said around 400 foreign militants, mostly from neighboring Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, had joined […]

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Afghan Women, Girls With Disabilities Face Discrimination, Obstacles: HRW

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Afghan women and girls with disabilities are being confronted with barriers, discrimination, and sexual harassment when trying to obtain government assistance, health care, and education. A report published on April 28 from the right groups details the obstacles that Afghan women and girls with disabilities face on a daily basis […]

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U.S. Envoy Calls On Taliban To Observe Cease-Fire During Ramadan, Coronavirus Crisis

The U.S. special envoy for Afghan reconciliation has asked the Taliban to observe a cease-fire on “humanitarian grounds” during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the ongoing coronavirus crisis. In a series of tweets on April 26, U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said the Taliban should “reduce violence” and “stop all their offensive operations” until […]

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Afghans Among Unaccompanied Children Evacuated From Greek Refugee Camps To Germany

A group of 47 unaccompanied children evacuated from refugee camps in Greece arrived in Germany on April 18, German officials said.The children come from Afghanistan, Syria, and Eritrea. Four are girls and there are several siblings among the group. Some of them have families waiting for them in Germany.They were previously housed at refugee camps […]

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U.S. Envoy Calls Afghan Prisoner Releases ‘Important Step’ Toward Peace

U.S. envoy to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, who negotiated a deal with the Taliban, has welcomed a prisoner exchange between the militants and the Afghan government as an “important step” toward peace. “Both sides should accelerate efforts to meet targets specified in the U.S.-Taliban agreement as soon as possible,” Khalilzad said on Twitter on April 13, […]

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U.S. General Meets With Afghan Taliban Officials To Discuss ‘Need To Reduce Violence’

The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, Austin Miller, has met with representatives of the Taliban’s political office in Doha to discuss the reduction of violence, officials said.A spokesman for the U.S. military, Sonny Leggett, said Miller had a meeting with “select Taliban leaders” in which they discussed the “need to reduce the violence.”Leggett […]

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