Imported Human Rights
By Norah Niland
19 May 2014
The yawning gap between Western human rights discourse and action has overshadowed domestic histories of reform and the need for a grassroots approach to social change.
Afghanistan is set to enter a new phase of a turbulent period that began in the 1970s when competing political agendas led to armed conflict and the Soviet invasion in December 1979. However, there is little consensus on what the immediate future holds for Afghans. Opinion varies from cautious optimism to catastrophic doomsday scenarios. Human rights observers and in-country activists tend to be particularly pessimistic. They note with increasing concern that the gains of recent years, especially in relation to the rights of women and girls, are in danger of being eroded or worse…
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