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Farkhunda Zahra Naderi: "A culture of war is not the Afghan culture"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

At just 32 years of age, Farkhunda Zahra Naderi is a Member of the Afghan Parliament, elected to represent Kabul. After starting her education in Kabu...

Seddiq Barmak: "I couldn't speak up, I couldn't breathe"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.07.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Seddiq Barmak fell in love with the world of cinema when he saw his first film, 'Lawrence of Arabia', at Kabul theatre at a tender 5 years of age. In ...

Najiba Ayubi: "You do realise that you are a woman?"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.06.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Najiba Ayubi is a journalist and activist for human rights and freedom of the press. She is the Director of the Killid Group, a non-profit Afghan medi...

Ahmad Shah Behzad: "Open minds are the key to a safe, sustainable future"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.05.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Ahmad Shah Behzad is a Member of Parliament from Herat province. He was forced to migrate to Iran during the war and stayed there until the fall of th...

Roya Sadat: "She even changed her name to Sohrab, a boy's name"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.04.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Roya Sadat was one of the first female filmmakers to emerge after the fall of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. She studied law and political scienc...

Abdullah Ahmadi: 'They Seek Their Human Rights, as Humans and Citizens'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

The existence of a committed and dynamic civil society gives us reason to be optimistic about the future of human rights in our country.

Shakila Ibrahimkhalil: 'We Have Fought Too Hard for Our Freedoms to Lose Them Again'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My biggest fear is to lose the gains we have made. I am also afraid of going back to civil war. We have made so much progress and I am afraid to lose it: children going to school, young people studying and playing sport, women working. We have fought too hard for our freedoms to lose them again."

Dr. Daud Shah Saba: 'The Afghan Economy Is a Man's Economy'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Dr Daud Shah Saba was the Governor of Herat from 2010 to 2013. He resigned in July 2013, citing rampant corruption and the failure of the central gove...

Khadija Ghaznawi: 'The Key to Peace Lies Within Afghanistan, Not Outside'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Khadija Ghaznawi was the only woman who presented as a candidate for the 2014 presidential elections. She was disqualified from running by the Indepen...

Mohieddin Mahdi: 'You Do Not Have the Right to Breathe the Air of this Country"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

"My concern is that President Karzai controls all the boxes. Unfortunately, neither the Independent Elections Commission nor the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission have proved their transparency and impartiality."

Maria Bashir: "He threw my documents back in my face, and shouted: 'Go and stay at home!'"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Maria Bashir is the Chief Prosecutor General of Herat province. She was the first woman to be appointed Chief Prosecutor in Afghanistan, and is the on...

Yassin Negah: '...That She Would Give Thanks a Thousand Times a Day for Being a Woman'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Yassin Negah is the editor-in-chief of Porsesh [Question], a weekly magazine in Afghanistan, and the director of Writers Home, an association for youn...

Suraia Perlika: 'We Cannot Trust Our Statesmen'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

I was held in solitary confinement for 18 months in 1978 without a trial because of my political activities. I was subjected to torture during investigations by the intelligence service and then transferred to Pul-e Charkhi prison.

Sediqullah Towhidi: "We Must Guard Vigilantly Against a Return to Despotism"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.21.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

The greatest achievement in Afghanistan is the triumph of a free media.

Khaleda Khorsand: "We should never be under the illusion that the Taliban's return is impossible"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Khaleda Khorsand is a writer and human rights activist with the Civil Society and Human Rights Network in Herat. Photo : Rooholamin Amini / Matthie...

Farid Mazdak: 'The Process of Building a Modern State in Afghanistan Has Only Just Begun'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.19.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Farid Mazdak is a well-known left-wing political activist. He was the leader of the Democratic Youth Organization of Afghanistan in the early 1980s and a leadership member of the Vatan party in the late 1980s.

Aziza Khayrandish: "If the price of peace is sacrificing justice... it will be catastrophic for the women of Afghanistan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Aziza Khayrandish is a human rights activist and the director of the Civil Society and Human Rights Network in Herat. Photo : Mahshid Rasti / Matthi...

Mohammad Farid Hamidi: "Your children are the backbone of a strong and progressive Afghanistan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

A well-known lawyer in Afghanistan, Mohammad Farid Hamidi is Deputy Director of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, where he has been...

Dr. Habiba Sarabi: "The existence of an independent Afghan identity fills me with joy"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Dr. Habiba Sarabi is the first and only woman to be appointed a provincial governor in Afghanistan: she served as the Governor of Bamiyan province fro...

Aman Pouyamak: "Everything is on loan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Aman Pouyamak is a poet and a writer. He published a clandestine magazine, working in secret with Afghan women during the reign of the Taliban. After ...

Seyyedeh Mojgan Mostafavi: "Women have always been the first victims of wars in Afghanistan"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Seyyedeh Mojgan Mostafavi is the Deputy Minister for Women's Affairs, and a Professor in the School of Journalism at Kabul University. She obtained Ma...

Partaw Naderi: "Democracies deal with citizens, not ethnicities"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Partaw Naderi is the one of the only Afghan poets whose work is widely translated into different languages. He writes frequently about democracy, huma...

Shukria Haidar: "I was forced to leave my country"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Shukria Haidar is a human rights activist. She sought refuge in France following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and founded NEGAR, an association...

Ahmad Wali Massoud: "Those who look to the past cannot plan our future"

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.02.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Ahmad Wali Massoud is a prominent Afghan politician and head of the Massoud Foundation. He is the younger brother of Ahmad Shah Massoud, the well-know...

Azita Rafa't: 'It Was the Day When 10,000 Rockets Hit the City'

Unveiling Afghanistan | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Unveiling Afghanistan

Azita Rafa'at is a human and women's rights activist from Badghis province. She was a people's representative in the Emergency Loya Jirga to elect the...