Video footage has recently been released of the public execution of a young, married Afghan woman in Parwan Province who was accused of adultery. The 22-year-old woman was shot dead as a crowd of men cheered. Afghan authorities have blamed the execution on Taliban militants. The Taliban says it was not involved and that the woman’s trial was not in accordance with Sharia law. President Hamid Karzai condemned the killing as un-Islamic and unforgivable.
Bearing in mind the recent appointment of Mr Karl Åke Roghe as head of the EU police mission in Afghanistan (EUPOL Afghanistan), and the fact that between 2002 and the end of 2011 the EU committed some EUR 2.5 billion in assistance to Afghanistan, including EUR 382 million in humanitarian assistance, what can the EU do to help protect women in Afghanistan from such brutal and inhuman treatment?
New support programmes worth a total of EUR 200 million are in preparation for commitment in 2012. For the 2011-2013 period, the EU is allocating an annual sum of EUR 200 million for development programmes.
How can these EU commitments be implemented to help protect women in Afghanistan?