Fundamental Rights in Afghanistan

On July 1, 2020, the World Justice Project and the United States Institute of Peace gathered for the launch of the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law in Afghanistan report. The live-stream event featured an in-depth conversation discussing the report’s findings, as well as crucial factors for the rule of law in Afghanistan. The report reflects the experiences and perceptions of more than 17,500 Afghans interviewed over five years, the publication presents a comprehensive summary of the rule of law situation in Afghanistan.

The report is especially pertinent in light of current events in Afghanistan: “As governments face the devastating economic and social effects of the coronavirus pandemic, identifying and addressing rule of law issues related to transparency, corruption, human rights, and the delivery of justice will be paramount to the recovery process. The World Justice Project’s new report on the rule of law in Afghanistan presents a unique portrait of the country’s rule of law strengths and weaknesses by using extensive survey data collected from the general public, in-country legal practitioners, and ground-breaking interviews with individuals incarcerated in the Afghan prison system.”

To watch the launch video and access the report, click here.

Thanks for posting, @lbock , this is a great resource. Do you know how the rule of law in Afghanistan compares with the rest of the region?

@saldrich that’s a great question. Afghanistan ranks 6/6 (last) in overall rule of law in South Asia (see page 11 of the report). For a more in-depth regional comparison on perceptions of government accountability, see page 13.

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This is an impressive report. I’d love to know more about the process of interviewing inmates and any interactions and reactions from government officials.

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Thank you! For more information about the process of interviewing inmates, please see pages 38 and 39 of the report, which is the Methodology: Afghan Inmates Survey section. I would also be happy to answer any specific questions you have.

As far as government reactions, our team met with the Afghan Ambassador to the US, HE Roya Rahmani. You can see her reaction on Twitter and Facebook.

Data from our report were also mentioned by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) in a Tweet about judges in Afghanistan.

Thanks Lindsey! It’s great to know that WJP is interacting with in-country government officials and putting this research in their hands.

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