Support Imprisoned Children & Women in Afghanistan

by Street Child
Support Imprisoned Children & Women in Afghanistan

Project Report | Jan 21, 2020
Alternatives to Detention for Children and Women

By Ariella Fish | Project Leader

Dear Supporters,

Thank you for your continued support of children and women in conflict with the law in Afghanistan.  We are delighted to share some of our key successes from 2019.

In 2019, Street Child focused our efforts on advocacy and training to promote the understanding and use of Alternatives to Detention and Alternatives to Incarceration among justice sector professionals in Afghanistan.

Despite a pledge by the Afghan government in 2016 to ‘end the imprisonment of women accused of running away from their families,’ girls and women continue to be arrested for so-called ‘moral crimes’, which may include fleeing a forced marriage or escaping domestic violence and are often imprisoned together with their children in deplorable conditions far from their families.

However, thanks to the efforts of Street Child’s legal workers, 2019 saw:  

  • The first ever community service sentence issued at Kabul's Juvenile primary court, as a result of Street Child’s ongoing advocacy efforts. 
  • The first sentence amendment for a female prisoner in the history of Afghanistan passed in July 2019 as a result of Street Child's legal advocacy and work.

Working closely with the government, local courts and judges in Kabul, Balkh, and Nangarhar regions to raise awareness, Street Child’s lawyers and social workers have secured:

  • 195 cases of Alternatives to Detention 
  • 14 cases of sentence amendment
  • 6 cases of Alternatives to Incarceration in Kabul and Balkh

Following this breakthrough year for the Afghan justice sector, Street Child is looking forward to sharing with you even more news and progress from our work in 2020! 

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Street Child

Location: London - United Kingdom
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Twitter: @streetchilduk
Project Leader:
Ariella Fish
London , United Kingdom

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