Afghanistan should improve access to justice for women survivors of violence, including access to civil justice remedies such as restraining orders, custody arrangements and divorce settlements, according to a new report released in April by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights. The report also recommends improving the criminal justice response to violence against women. The Afghan justice system currently offers limited options for women seeking protection from violence and is viewed by many Afghans as corrupt and inefficient. Most cases involving violence against women are resolved through non-judicial mediation.
Compiled from: Latifi, Ali, U.N. says Afghanistan's court system fails women, The L.A. Times (April 19, 2015).