Thursday , 17 August 2017

An Evaluation of Forensic Evidence in Kabul Primary Courts

Press Release August 9, 2017 Kabul Afghanistan The Afghanistan Forensic Science Organization (AFSO) conducted a five-month trial monitoring project in order to evaluate the use of forensic evidence in Kabul Primary Courts. A total of 40 cases were monitored, including: 25 cases of murder; 13 cases of moral crimes, comprised of zina (extramarital sex), attempted zina (qasd zina), running away ... Read More »

Forensic Education

Forensic Science Education In February 2015,  the Afghanistan Forensic Science Organisation (AFSO) formed a partnership with Gawharshad University which saw AFSO move into its new premises at the university and established dedicated teaching of forensics and criminalistics in the Gawarshad Law Faculty. AFSO and Gawharshad are currently developing forensic science curriculum materials and will present these to the Ministry of ... Read More »

Virginity Testing

Virginity Testing Afghanistan Forensic Science Organization (AFSO) is deeply concerned about the use of hymen examinations with the purpose of conducting so-called “virginity tests” which are used to prosecute women in Afghanistan for so-called moral crimes. These discriminatory and degrading examinations not only lack scientific or medical basis, but also – when conducted in circumstances of duress – amount to ... Read More »

Mass Grave Exhumation in Bamyan, Afghanistan

Press Release Exhumation of a Mass Grave in Bamyan City Saturday 6th August, 2016 Bamyan, Afghanistan This week, AFSO and its partners at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) are hosting a forensic anthropology training exercise in Bamyan province, which includes the exhumation of a partially-disturbed mass grave. Afghanistan has suffered many years of conflict and human rights violations. The existence ... Read More »

Virginity and Hymen Testing: No Factual, Scientific, or Medical Basis

Virginity Testing Afghanistan Forensic Science Organization (AFSO) is deeply concerned about the use of hymen examinations with the purpose of conducting so-called “virginity tests” which are used to prosecute women in Afghanistan for so-called moral crimes. These discriminatory and degrading examinations not only lack scientific or medical basis, but also – when conducted in circumstances of duress – amount to ... Read More »

Mass Graves: Securing Afghanistan’s Past

Mass graves – Afghanistan Disappearances, summary executions and mass killings have occurred throughout all phases of Afghanistan’s conflict over the past few decades. Afghanistan’s oral tradition means that there is often little distinction between eyewitness and hearsay accounts of the alleged crimes behind Afghanistan’s many mass graves. Narratives of events are frequently constructed by community consensus, resulting in individuals narrating ... Read More »

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