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Afghanistan: Women's Rights

House of Lords written question – answered on 16th June 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the human rights abuse of young girls in Khan Neshin, Helmand.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

Officials from the UK-led Provincial Reconstruction Team in Helmand province regularly raise the issue of women's rights with provincial officials. We continue to support the Independent Commission of Women's and Children's Rights, which works to further the rights of women and children across Helmand province. We have not made a specific assessment of Kahn Neshin (which is outside the UK military's area of operation), but we incorporate the issues raised by the situation there into our work on women's rights.

At a national level we also continue to press the Afghan Government to implement their national and international human rights commitments, including the elimination of violence against women law and the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

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