Human Rights


This section focuses primarily upon the rights of women and children and abuses by the Taliban. Attempts to address many human rights issues are made through international and constitutional law. For further reading, an in-depth review of articles in Constitutional Law (section 4) may be useful.

Afg. Indep. Human Rights Comm’n, Justice for Children (2008), available at

Sultan Barakat & Gareth Wardell, Exploited by whom? An alternative perspective on humanitarian assistance to Afghan women, 23 Third World Quarterly 909 (2002).

Melanie M. Brookes, Reproductive Rights in Afghanistan: Considerations of Abortion Regulation in Light of the Afghan Reconstruction Process, 18 Conn. J. Int’l L. 595 (2003).

Mark A. Drumbl, Rights, Culture, and Crime: The Role of Rule of Law For the Women of Afghanistan, 42 Colum. J. Transnat’l L. 349 (2004), available at

Mark A. Drumbl, The Taliban’s ‘Other’ Crimes, 23 Third World Quarterly 1121 (2002).

Mark A. Drumbl, Victimhood in our Neighborhood: Terrorist Crime, Taliban Guilt, and the Asymmetries of the International Legal Order, 81 N.C. L. Rev. 1 (2002), available at
Cheshmak Farhoumand-Sims, Alexandra Gilbert, Anastasiya Hozyainova & Heidi Kingstone, A Woman’s Place (2011), available at .

Talya Friedman, Cures to the Enigmatic Taliban Plague: Legal and Social Remedies Addressing Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan, 23 Loy. L.A. Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 81 (2001).

Louise Hancock & Orzala Ashraf Nemat, A Place at the Table: Safeguarding Womens Rights in Afghanistan, 153 Oxfam Briefing Paper (2011), available at

Martin Lau, Afghanistan’s Legal System and its Compatibility with International Human Rights Standards (2002), available at

Kimberley Cy. Motley, An Assessment of Juvenile Justice in Afghanistan, available at

Orzala Ashraf Nemat, Afghan Women at the Crossroads: Agents of Peace—Or Its Victims? (2011), available at

Javaid Rehman, The Sharia, Islamic Family Laws and International Human Rights Law, 21 Int’l J. L., Pol’y & the Family 108 (2007), available at

Tilmann Röder, Human Rights Standards in Afghan Courtrooms – The Theory and Reality of a Right to a Fair Trial, in Islam and Human Rights (Elliesie ed., 2010), available at

Irene Schneider, The Position of Women in the Islamic and Afghan Judiciary, in The Sharia in the Constitutions of Afghanistan, Iran and Egypt – Implications for Private Law (Yassari ed., 2005), available at

J. Alexander Thier, Afghanistan: Minority Rights and Autonomy in a Multi-Ethnic Failed State, 35 Stan. J. Int’l L. 351 (1999).

United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Harmful Traditional Practices and Implementation of the Law on Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan (2010), available at

U.N. High Comm’r for Human Rights, United Nations Mapping Report on Afghanistan (2005), available at

United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Arbitrary Detention in Afghanistan – Vol II (2009), available at

United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, Arbitrary Detention in Afghanistan – Vol I (2009), available at

Shannon A. Wiley, Fighting Back Against the Taliban: The Case for Restoring Afghan Men and Women’s Right to Self-Determination, 7 Wm. & Mary J. Women & L. 523 (2001).

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For further reading on human rights issues arising within the courts, browse articles in The State Judiciary (section 5).

For further reading on child marriage, see the article by Bahgam and Mukhatari in Family Law (section 7).

For further reading on the rights of Hazaras, see the article by Desautels-Stein in Constitutional Law (section 4).