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Ethnic Discrimination Impedes Afghanistan’s Stability Report

Ethnic Discrimination Impedes Afghanistan’s Stability: Report

KABUL – Twenty-five percent of Afghans are victims of ethnic, linguistic and religious discrimination while 14 percent are faced with negative consequences of the practice, says a study.
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) conducted the research study titled “Evaluation of Average Implementation of the International Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination”.
Findings of the study, conducted in the outgoing solar year, were released on Tuesday. The commission polled 3,498 persons of all ethnic groups in 29 provinces through questioners on ethnic discrimination.
In addition to the distribution of questionnaires, members of the panel held 14 meetings with intellectuals, civil society activists and rights activists in 14 provinces of the country to get their views on the issue.
According to the report, racial discrimination is prohibited under international law, Afghanistan’s constitution and other statutes. Perpetrators of racial discrimination shall be punished under the country’s criminal law. In Afghanistan, racism is seen as a challenge to security and stability.
One of the questions was about being treated as a social outcast on the basis of ethnic, religious or linguistic affiliations. The research shows 25 percent of respondents acknowledged being harassed due to their ethnic, linguistic or religious backgrounds.
(Sahar News)

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