ITJP Hosts Online Discussion: Examining the Plight of Afghan Women and Pathways to Accountability

New York, NY – May 7, 2024 – The International Organization for Transitional Justice and Peace (ITJP) will host a critical online discussion on May 10, 2024 (during Equality, Diversity, and Human Rights Week) titled: “Assessing Afghan Women’s Situation: Allegations of Crimes Against Humanity and Gender-Based Discrimination, and the Path to Hold the Taliban Accountable”


This timely event will delve into the dire situation faced by Afghan women under Taliban rule. The discussion will explore legal avenues for holding the Taliban accountable for their actions, particularly those that banned women’s access to education and employment.


Key Discussion Points:

    • – The impact of Taliban decrees on Afghan women’s fundamental rights.

    • – Recent developments in Afghanistan’s case within the International Criminal Court (ICC).

    • – Whether Taliban actions meet the criteria for crimes against humanity and gender-based discrimination.

    • – Potential avenues for holding the Taliban accountable through the ICC and other relevant international legal frameworks.


Prominent Guests:


The discussion will feature a distinguished panel of experts, including:

    • – Ms. Shamiso Mbizvo, International Cooperation Advisor, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court – ICC (As per a decision by the Office of the Prosecutor, Ms. Shamiso’s attendance was recently withdrawn due to unforeseen circumstances, despite several prior confirmations)

    • – Mr. Nasir Andisha, Ambassador, and Afghan Permanent Representative, Geneva

    • – Ms. Heather Barr, Associate Women’s Rights Director, Human Rights Watch

    • – David LaBahn, President of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys-US

    • – Ms. Fawzia Koofi, Former Deputy Speaker, Afghan Parliament


Public Participation:


The discussion is open to the public. Interested individuals can register by emailing with their Zoom account name, title, and email address. The event will be recorded for wider dissemination and reference.


This online discussion is a crucial step towards seeking justice for Afghan women. The ITJP encourages everyone concerned about the situation in Afghanistan to participate and raise their voices.

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