August 6, 1998 |
The Boston-based Physicians for Human Rights is calling on firms to halt investment in Afghanistan to protest the "war on women" by the ruling Taliban army. The group's report also urges the United Nations to consider removing its aid workers, even as the Taliban is claiming new victories that could soon put the entire country under its extreme interpretation of Islamic law. The Taliban has ruled most of Afghanistan since 1996.
May 4, 1988
Afghan and Soviet forces routinely tortured and killed civilian refugees trying to flee to Pakistan from the war in Afghanistan, a human rights group charged. London-based Amnesty International, citing what it said appeared to be "a policy of deliberate killings" of refugees, noted one instance in which 100 families were attacked twice on their 300-mile trek out of the country. It said 24 refugees, including seven children under the age of six, were killed.
February 20, 2001 |
A human rights group on Monday called for an inquiry into reports that as many as 300 Shiite Muslim civilians were recently massacred by Afghanistan's ruling Taliban in the central province of Bamian. Citing witnesses, New York-based Human Rights Watch said Taliban troops rounded up and shot about 300 men after capturing the city of Yakaolang in January. The Taliban rejected the report. The United Nations said Jan.
March 14, 1987 |
The U.N. Human Rights Commission ended a politically acrimonious annual meeting Friday, adopting a final report that included strong criticism of Afghanistan, Chile and Iran. The 43-nation commission approved 61 resolutions, including decisions to renew the mandates of special investigators to look into alleged murder and torture by the governments of those three countries. Delegates also extended the mandate of a special rapporteur, or investigator, on El Salvador.
March 5, 1999 |
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton told a U.N. conference on equality Thursday that women stand on the front lines of the battle for human rights and that their voices must be heard. The day after former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky painted a highly intimate portrait of her relationship with President Clinton for more than 48 million television viewers, the first lady received a standing ovation when she entered the large conference room at U.N. headquarters.
April 25, 2005 |
Under U.S. pressure, the United Nations has eliminated the job of its top investigator on human rights in Afghanistan. U.S. diplomats pressed the U.N. Commission on Human Rights to end the mandate of Cherif Bassiouni, a Chicago-based law professor who has repeatedly criticized the U.S. military for detaining prisoners without trial and for barring almost all human rights monitors from its prisons in the country. An American official who asked not to be named said the U.S.