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Afghanistan: Free Women Jailed for ‘Running Away’

Human Rights Watch
Tuesday 18 September 2012

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High-level Afghan government officials have for the first time publicly confirmed that it is not a criminal offense for women and girls to “run away” from home.

(Kabul) – High-level Afghan government officials have for the first time publicly confirmed that it is not a criminal offense for women and girls to “run away” from home, Human Rights Watch said today. The officials also confirmed fleeing violence or running away was not a basis for women’s detention or prosecution.

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