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Women rights defenders in Afghanistan who face mounting violence – including threats, sexual assault and assassinations- are being abandoned by their own government despite the significant gains they have fought to achieve, Amnesty International (AI) said in a new report.
A statement from AI said that how champions for the rights of women and girls, including doctors, teachers, lawyers, police and journalists as well as activists have been targeted not just by the Taliban but by warlords and government officials as well.
“Laws meant to support them are poorly implemented, if at all, while the international community is doing far too little to ease their plight,” the report added.
Rights defenders have suffered car bombings, grenade attacks on homes, killing of family members and targeted assassinations, it said, adding that many continue their work despite suffering multiple attacks, in the full knowledge that no action will be taken against the perpetrators.