The Deciderer's last 1000 days

If our country lasts that long....

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

916. Freedom on the march

AP: The Afghan government announced plans Tuesday to re-establish a Vice and Virtues Ministry, but it assured the public the office would not resemble the Taliban version that became a symbol of the brutal regime toppled by U.S. forces in 2001.

Afghanistan's powerful religious and tribal leaders have been pressing U.S.-backed President Hamid Karzai to reinstate the ministry, which many considered the most powerful in the ousted Taliban government. It employed 32,000 people to enforce the Islamic zealots' bans on girls' schools, on television, on card-playing and other gambling, even on kite-flying and women's public baths.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said the move "raises serious concerns about potential abuse of the rights of women and vulnerable groups."

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