Human Rights Voices

While the UN devotes its human rights operations to the demonization of the democratic state of Israel above all others and condemns the United States more often than the vast majority of non-democracies around the world, the voices of real victims around the world must be heard.

Afghanistan, September 25, 2006

Campaigner for women's rights murdered

"Afghan police said a gunman killed the head of the Kandahar province Women's Affairs department outside of her home. Police said the unidentified killer, who rode a motorcycle, shot Safia Amajan, a campaigner for women's rights who had headed the women's affairs department since the Taliban was overthrown in 2001, as she left her home, the BBC reported Monday. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the BBC said Amajan's crusade for women's rights may have made her a target of Taliban militants, who follow strict Islamic rules that limit the roles of women in politics and education. Amajan had requested the government assign her secure official transport and personal bodyguards but the requests were not granted, the BBC said."