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Attorney General’s Office (AGO) EVAW Deputy Reports Violence against Women prosecuted Cases

Deputy Attorney General (DAG) for Elimination of Violence against Women, Juvenile Violation and Human Rights Support (EVAW) stated that the deputy has prosecuted 1626 violence against women cases during the eight months of 1396 (2017).  Sina Shina Mansoor, EVAW DAG, Shazia Yousofi, Director of Primary Prosecution Office, and Jamshed Rasooly, AGO Spokesperson in the government Media Center on November 27, 2017.

DAG Sina Shina Mansoor said that EVAW unit has recorded and tracked 1,726 violence against women cases in the last eight months throughout the country.

Mrs. Shina Mansoor added out of 1,726 cases, 995 were beating cases, 147 rape cases, 124 insults and humiliation cases, 115 harassment cases, 70 murder cases, 66 cases relate to forcing to commit suicide, 62 forced labor cases, 46 injury cases and 21 forced marriage cases.

DAG stated “21 cases of forced isolation, 14 forced to prostitution cases, nine cases of buying and selling girls as means of marriage, 8 cases of burning women and using chemicals have been also registered.

In addition, she mentioned the identification and investigation of seven cases of prohibiting possession of the inheritance, five cases of prohibiting possessing properties, five underage marriage cases, and some other cases.

 She added that “498 cases have been sent to primary courts, 547 cases have been referred to respective organs as considered out of EVAW jurisdiction, and 393 cases have been withdrawn”.

According to Mrs. Shina Mansoor, 95 cases have been closed due to lack of sufficient reasons and 281 cases have been sent to appellate courts.  

She also stated that 177 cases have been sent to primary court, 115 cases have been sent to appellate courts, and 141 cases have been finalized.

Shazia Yousefi, EVAW Primary Prosecution Director talked about Prosecution activities and added that out of these cases, 750 cases have been registered in Kabul Province.

Mrs. Yousefi added that some of these cases have gone through trial processes or are being judicially processed by courts.

Meanwhile, Jamshed Rasooly, AGO spokesperson talked about AGO seriousness on prosecuting Elimination of Violence against Women cases.  He added: AGO seriously investigates each case, particularly violence against women cases, and takes legal actions accordingly.

He also emphasized that with establishing EVAW Prosecution Offices in 34 provinces and rising women’s rights awareness, people can refer to AGO provincial offices to report violence cases.

Increasing female participation and presence in AGO Tashkeel and presence of female prosecutors in 25 provinces and other changes show improvements at AGO which Mr. Rasooly mention during the conference.   

AGO has recently had a significant progress in raising public awareness and timely sharing information with media and public in the country.

Attorney General’s Office (AGO) Conducts Public Awareness Program on Information Access Right

On Sunday, November 26, 2017, AGO conducted public awareness program on Information Access Right with the presence of Deputy Attorney General (DAG) for Investigation affairs, Saranpooh Noor Habib Jalal, representatives of Monitoring the Information Access Commission, AGO central directors and employees in conference hall of AGO of Professional Training Institute.

Mr. Jalal stated that public awareness and sharing information with public demonstrates justice and transparency.

He believes that when people are aware of the entities performances, they can give instructive suggestions that will lead to justice and transparency.

Mr. Jalal added: “Sometimes lack of public awareness about government facilities results in people’s unachievable demands”. Thus, the public should have knowledge of budget, facilities and methods of performance of government institutions in accordance with provisions of the law.  He also demonstrated about establishment of Committee on Public Awareness in the AGO.

According to Mr. Jalal, this committee has performed instructive activities in terms of public awareness at AGO.

Mr. Jalal also appreciated public awareness through social networks in the AGO. He added that social networks have resulted in people awareness regarding AGO activities in just one click.

Mr. Jalal explained that, due to some limitations AGO can’t provide more details on cases to the media ahead of the court order. Therefore, media should act carefully in relation to such topics. Untimely publish of some cases can stir up and disturb public opinion and believe. He stated that people must understand that the AGO is strictly working to maintain justice and rule of law.

He also appreciated the activities of female employees of AGO in maintaining justice and rule of law. 

Meanwhile, a member of Commission on Monitoring Access to Information, Abdul Shakor Dadras, emphasized on role of a prosecutors in the society and added: “a prosecutor offers hope to all people in the society.”

He added that whenever life, honor and right of people are endangered or wasted, the case is referred to a prosecutor. Therefore, a prosecutor has a decisive role in maintaining justice.

He further added: “a prosecutor is responsible for rehabilitating criminals and offering them back to the society as trustworthy individuals.”

Mr. Dadras emphasized the Information Access Right should be changed into a culture for the people. This member of Commission for Monitoring Access to Information believes that it can cooperate a prosecutor in finding out truth, maintaining justice and rule of law.

According to Mr. Dadras, reporting activities of the entities increases transparency and results in execution of tasks in a timely manner.

Appreciating timely reporting by the AGO, he added: “AGO is one of leading entities which has established the Committee for Public Awareness.”

He believes that reports of the institutions will result in retention of professional and expert cadre in governmental offices and prevention of potential corruption.

Moreover, AGO Spokesman, Jamshid Rasouli, talked about improvement in reporting by this entity.

He added that despite legal limitations and a series of challenges that do not allow AGO to provide all the information to media and public, but still, this entity has obtained an acceptable position in terms of reporting amongst governmental offices.

Mr. Rasouli thanked and appreciated the media for considering accuracy in terms of reporting and their cooperation with this entity. 

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) Reports Three Years’ Performance in a Press Conference

The conference focusing AGO’s performance during the last three years led by the AGO spokesperson, Jamshid Rasooli and held at Government Media and Information Center (GMIC) on December 9, 2017.

Mr. Rasooli added that, “there have been some changes and reclassifications in AGO for the purpose of reforms in central and provincial directorates.” According to him those who were involved in corruption were terminated and replaced with committed and expert individuals. The changes and replacements involve nearly 50 Directors in the center and provinces.

The spokesperson added, “AGO always struggles for employees’ capacity building and according to him, the Professional Trainings Institute has been established for this purpose.” 

He further added that AGO conducts some capacity building programs for its employees in the country, and some of them will be considered for trainings abroad. 

Additionally, he said that Attorney General has allocated a week day for visitors to meet and talk to them closely. According to him, this action enhanced public reliability and trust on AGO.

Mr. Rasooli said that the Attorney General has ordered on about 6000 complaints to the relevant authorities in the last two years. According to him, to meet gender equality, AGO increased the number of female employees up to 17%, that currently some of them working at deputy and director levels at the AGO.

He said that AGO has important achievements regarding travel banned people. He believes that so far AGO removed about 1500 individuals from the travel banned list who were illegally listed.

According to Mr. Rasooli, AGO has dealt with 33000 cases in 2015 and 34500 in 2016 and about 34500 other cases up to the third quarter of the current year, as a result billions of Afghanis and millions of Dollars have been deposited into the government treasury.

He emphasized that AGO has established Anti-Corruption Justice Center. This center received, reviewed and finalized about 373 cases so far.

He talked about the 5th National Prosecutors’ Conference adding that the conference will be held to boost up AGO cooperation with its employees in remote areas of the country.

The conference is to be held in near future titled “Improving Rule of Law and Ensuring Justice in Afghanistan” the conference will be held in participation of Directors and Prosecutors of the capital, provinces, and Kabul districts.