Achieved Date
1847days in power
number of days to accomplish
Review the cases of wrongly imprisoned women nationwide
In Progress
Human Rights
Thursday, 13 August 2015
Last Updated on Sunday, 29 November 2015
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Promise Background
According to Human Rights Watch, statistics from Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry indicate that the number of women and girls imprisoned for “moral crimes” in Afghanistan had risen to about 600 in May 2013 from 400 in October 2011 – a 50 percent increase in a year and a half. Since October 2011, there has been an almost 30 percent increase overall in the number of women and girls imprisoned in Afghanistan’s prisons and juvenile detention facilities.

Indicators to Measure Progress
  • 1. Policies and procedures to review the cases of wrongly imprisoned women
  • 2. Active review of the cases of wrongly imprisoned women
  • 3. Number of wrongly imprisoned women set free

January 2015: At least 40 prisoners were released from the Kabul Women's Jail. The release is the result of a sweeping pardon President Ashraf Ghani issued for female prisoners in the capital on Eid-e-Milladunnabi, the birthday of Prophet Mohammad.

Among the inmates freed, there are some who claim they were wrongfully imprisoned. "Criminals should be treated as criminals, but not the innocent," one of the pardoned inmates named Zarmina told TOLOnews. "I served five and a half years without committing a crime." Many of the prisoners who maintained their innocence also claimed corruption in Afghanistan's legal and judicial institutions was to blame for the alleged injustice meted out against them. They argued real criminals and anti-government militants are able to bribe their way out of prison while ordinary, law-abiding women like are put away for things like running away from abusive households, calling on President Ghani to push for reform.

Status Updated By: Tolo News