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Monday, February 27, 2006

UN to Taliban: Stop School Attacks

February 27, 2006
Kabul – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported last week on an increase of Taliban attacks on schools and teachers, condemned by the United Nations special representative to Afghanistan, Tom Koenigs. According to the article, dozens of schools have been burned by members of the Taliban, which maintains that sending girls to school violates Islam.

Koenigs called the violence a “denial of the human rights to education” for Afghan children.

Many other schools that have not been attacked have been forced to close due to security concerns.

Click here to the full story.

In related news, RFE reported based on Afghan news sources that a girls’ school that was under construction was blown up Sunday in Khost. Four school guards were being questioned in regards to the explosion. Local residents have formed a volunteer guard unit to protect schools from attack.


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