Boston University School of Law


The Fragile Future of Afghanistan: Human Rights, Justice & Security

On October 24, chair of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission Dr. Sima Samar discussed “The Fragile Future of Afghanistan: Human Rights, Justice and Security” in an event co-sponsored by BU Law and the Global Health Initiative at Boston University.

Dr. Samar, recipient of the 2004 JFK Profile in Courage award, directs the Shuhada Organization, the oldest Afghan non-governmental organization (NGO) operating in the region, as well as the largest woman-led NGO. Well-known as Afghanistan’s first Minister of Women’s Affairs, she leads the call for basic human rights for girls and women in Afghanistan, and is the 2004 Jonathan Mann award recipient for global health and human rights.

Dr. Samar, this year’s Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Global Health at BU, was joined by panelists Professor George Annas, chair of the Health Law, Bioethics & Human Rights department, health law Professor Wendy Mariner, and international relations Professor Charles Dunbar. Beena Sarwar, Pakistani journalist and news producer for Geo TV, served as moderator.

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Reported by Jane Coulter