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Setting the right priorities Protecting Children Affected by Armed Conflict in Afghanistan - Watchlist 2010

Setting the right priorities Protecting Children Affected by Armed Conflict in Afghanistan - Watchlist 2010

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Published by Jeffrey Marzilli
Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict's report provides a detailed account of the dire situation facing the children in Afghanistan. In order to achieve peace, the report argues that the Afghan government, the UN Security Council and the humanitarian community must prioritize child protection, and end impunity for violators of children's rights.
Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict's report provides a detailed account of the dire situation facing the children in Afghanistan. In order to achieve peace, the report argues that the Afghan government, the UN Security Council and the humanitarian community must prioritize child protection, and end impunity for violators of children's rights.

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Published by: Jeffrey Marzilli on Apr 12, 2013
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In 1979 at the height of the Cold War, Soviet forces invaded
Afghanistan to fght a proxy war. After the withdrawal of
the Soviet forces in 1989, factional fghting among various
armed groups continued until 1996, when the capital,
Kabul, was taken by the Taliban, a fundamentalist Islamic
group. By 2001, the Taliban controlled 90 percent of the
country and imposed a new regime based on the strictest
version of Sharia, or Islamic law, denying basic rights to
women and children, including access to education, and
subjecting them to cruel punishments.

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a
U.S.-led coalition intervened in Afghanistan and with the
Northern Alliance, an Afghan opposition armed group,
soon removed the Taliban, which had harbored Al Qaeda, a
terrorist network, from power. This intervention initiated a
process of political, security and social reforms aimed at
establishing a democratically elected Afghan government
and rebuilding peace in the society after nearly three
decades of war.

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