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    Over 5,000 Cases of Violence Against Women Recorded in Afghanistan in 2015

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    The human rights situation in Afghanistan remained poor in 2015, with the Taliban insurgency continuing to be the major threat to the human rights of the local residents, according to the report on Human Rights and Democracy in Afghanistan.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) —The frequency of violent incidents against women have dramatically increased in Afghanistan, with over 5,000 cases recorded last year, including 241 murders, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office said on Thursday in a report on Human Rights and Democracy in Afghanistan.

    "Documented cases of violence against women have risen, with 5,132 cases reported to the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) including 241 murders," the report reads.

    It is also added in the report that the human rights situation in Afghanistan remained poor in 2015, with the Taliban insurgency continuing to be the major threat to the human rights of the local residents.

    "The overall human rights picture in 2015 remained poor. The insurgency continues to be the biggest threat to the human rights of all people in Afghanistan…The ongoing insurgency affected access to education, health, and freedom of movement," the report reads.

    Afghanistan is in a state of political and social turmoil, with government forces fighting the continuing Taliban insurgency, while other extremist groups, such as the Islamic State group, outlawed in many countries including the United States and Russia, have also expanded their activities both in the country and in neighboring states.

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