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"Unveiling Afghanistan, the Unheard Voices of Progress” is a campaign by Armanshahr/OPEN ASIA & FIDH, in advance of the historic presidential election in Afghanistan set for April 2014, which explores views held by Afghan civil society actors. Over 50 days, 50 influential social, political, and cultural actors hope to spark conversation and debate about building a society that is inclusive of women’s and human rights in Afghanistan.

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Adela Mohseni: 'Any People Who Are Not Aware of Their Rights Will Not Live in Peace'

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 1:41 PM

Adela Mohseni is a jurist, and activist for human and women's rights. She migrated to Iran in 1978 with her family, aged just six years old, where she grew up and obtained her BA degree in judicial law from Tabriz University. She returned to Kabul in 2001 and actively worked...

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Aziz Rafiee: 'We Have Not Yet Diagnosed the Pathology of the Problems That Infect Afghanistan'

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 11:58 AM

Aziz Rafiee was born in Kabul and obtained his Master of Engineering degree from Kabul University. He switched from the technical field to social issues in the 1990s and began working with civil institutions, in particular human rights groups and human rights defenders, concentrating on victims.

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Mohammad Ismail Qassemyar: 'Poverty and Unemployment Have Paralyzed the Lives of Most Afghans'

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 11:26 AM

Mohammad Ismail Qassemyar is a jurist who formerly headed the Public Security and Public Rights Courts of the Supreme Court and taught constitutional rights at university for seven years.

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Have your rights...

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Massoud Hassanzada: 'The Biggest Challenge Facing Afghanistan Is Absence of True Progressive Forces to Combat Ignorance, Corruption and Fanaticism'

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Massoud Hassanzada is a poet, journalist, musician, and literary critic from Herat. He has co-founded Morcha [the Ants] the first rock band in Afghanistan.

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Have your rights ever been violated?


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Abdul Hamid Mobarez: 'Democracy Is the Choice of the People and It Is Up to Them to Protect It'

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 2:16 PM

Abdul Hamid Mobarez is a former chief of the official Bakhtar news agency, three-times governor and a founding member of the Federation and Chairman of Afghanistan National Journalists' Union (ANJU). He was named Deputy Minister of Information and Culture upon his return from exile in 2002. He is currently a...

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Wahida Samadi: 'The Taliban Will Never Really Change'

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 1:52 PM

Wahida Samadi is the Director of Tahmina Organisation, promoting women's rights and a member of the Provincial Development Governance Committee. She is a committed civil society activist.

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Can you share with us some...

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Dr Saheb-Nazar Moradi: 'We Must Unite Against the Extremists to Defend the Achievements of the Past 10 Years'

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 1:35 PM

Saheb-Nazar Moradi is an urban development specialist and former member of the planning committee of Kabul Municipality. He has a Ph.D. in urban engineering and history. He was internally displaced in Afghanistan during the time of the Taliban and ultimately left the country in exile for many years.

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Mahbuba Jamshidi: 'It Would Be a Tragedy for Women to Lose Their Legal Status and Rights in This Political Game'

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 10:43 AM

Mahbuba Jamshidi was selected as the Director of the Women's Affairs Department in Herat province in 2012. She has studied Miniature Painting at the Fine Arts School of the University of Herat. She is also founder of the Visual Arts Association and director of the National Gallery.

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Aziz Deldar: 'My Greatest Fear Is a Day When I May Not Be Able to Express What I Think'

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 11:53 AM

Aziz Deldar is a professor at the Fine Arts School of Kabul University. He is also a filmmaker and actor.

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Can you share with us some memories of instances when your rights...

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Sonia Iqbal: 'We Have Not Planned for Economic Recession, But It Is Sitting on Our Doorstep'

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 4:08 PM

Sonia Iqbal is the executive director and a shareholder of PAHNA Group (a Kabul-based communications and management firm) as well as the president of Afghanistan 1400 Party, a civic-political youth organisation. She obtained her BA in Peace Studies and International Politics from the US and her MA in Political, Economic...

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Bakht Mohammad Bakhtiar: 'We Will Return to the Dark Days of the Past If We Are Not Careful'

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 1:12 PM

Bakht Mohammad Bakhtiar is the Director of the Social Sciences Centre of Afghanistan. He studied for his master's degree in law in Kiev under the Soviet rule and became a member of the Academy of Sciences. He has as published many articles and has also served as Information Officer in...

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Hasina Safi: 'One New Phenomenon Is the Men Who Believe in Women and Their Power'

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 2:41 PM

Hasina Safi is the Director of the Afghan Women's Network, an organization of women boasting 5,000 members and 65 member organizations. Safi was featured prominently in the 2011 documentary Peace Unveiled about the role of women in the war and post-conflict process in Afghanistan.

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Rafi Behroozian: 'I Strongly Support the Media Revolution'

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 10:19 AM

Rafi Behroozian was born in Herat in 1978 and lived in Iran as a migrant for 23 years. He returned to Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban. In the last decade he has been a musician and audiovisual media activist. He is the founder of the Daf Cultural Centre...

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Professor Seifuddin Sayhoun: 'It Was a Woman Who Decided My Fate'

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 11:54 AM

Professor Seifuddin Sayhoun was one of the principal planners for the Ministry of Women's Affairs strategy on economic rights and the security of women. He studied economics at university and started teaching at Kabul University's Economics School in 1994. Alongside his teaching commitments, he is studying for his doctorate degree...

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Torpikai Nawabi: 'Popular Uprisings Against the Taliban prove that the people Do Not Want Them to Rule Afghanistan Anymore'

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 3:12 PM

Torpikai Nawabi is an elected Member of the Kabul Provincial Council. She has an MA in Administration and Management from India. She has been a long-term activist in favour of women's rights.

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Ahmad Fahim Hakim: 'Peace Talks With the Taliban Lack Red Lines, Clear Policy, and Transparency'

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 1:01 PM

Ahmad Fahim Hakim is a civil society and human rights activist. He was previously the Deputy Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. He is a graduate of York University in Britain.

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Saeed Haqiqi: 'There Is a Fear in the Air of 2014'

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 12:50 PM

Saeed Haqiqi is a journalist and writer from Herat.

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What are the important achievements in Afghanistan today?

The best development has been the growth of a democratic political atmosphere. We now have...

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Mary Nabard Ayeen: 'Women's Rights Must Not Be Sacrificed in a Peace Deal With the Taliban'

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 5:55 PM

Mary Nabard Ayeen is a journalist. She is the Deputy Director of Bhakhtar News Agency, the official state news agency of Afghanistan, and Managing Editor of the weekly publication Seerat. She is an active member of the Women's Political Participation Committee.

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Mir Mohammad Yaqub Mashuf: 'The Government's Actions for Women Are Empty and Symbolic'

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 5:29 PM

Mohammad Yaqub Mashuf is an economist and writer. He also collaborates with mainstream Afghan media and produces articles on economic and political affairs.

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The daily newspaper 8 Sobh recently published a list of 5,000 victims...

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Momina Yari: 'I Am Most Worried About the Lack of Security'

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 12:08 PM

Momina Yari is a member of the Loya Jirga Commission for the US-Afghanistan Agreement and has also worked as a member of the Independent Elections Commission for the past seven years.

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Can you share with...

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