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Afghanistan Is Passing a Law Calling for Adulterers to Be Stoned

According to a senior Afghan official, death by stoning will soon be the official penalty for adultery in the country’s legal system. The head of the Afghan Independent Bar Association told Reuters, “We are working on the draft of a sharia penal code where the punishment for adultery, if there are four eyewitnesses, is stoning.” The group Human Rights Watch has called on President Hamid Karzai to reject the newly proposed law, which is a rollback to the pre-war days of authoritarian Taliban rule. Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch told the L.A. Times, “It is absolutely shocking that 12 years after the fall of the Taliban government, the Karzai administration might bring back stoning as a punishment.” The Karzai government is currently including the Taliban in discussions and negotiations regarding how the country will be governed once most foreign troops leave in 2014 …

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