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New York Times -- Silenced Again in Kabul

New York Times
October 1, 2003

By Preeta D. Bansal and Felice D. Gaer

American efforts to build a democratic, tolerant Afghanistan are facing a serious challenge: the draft of the Afghan constitution, which may be made public as early as this week, does not yet provide for crucial human rights protections, including freedom of thought, conscience and religion. The United States and the international community should insist that the draft presented by the constitutional commission explicitly protect these core human rights for all Afghans.


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