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AFGHANISTAN: Focus on security prior to election

KABUL, 29 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - With less than three weeks to go before parliamentary elections in Afghanistan and with campaigning in full swing, security continues to be a major concern for voters, candidates and for national and international electoral bodies involved.Full report

AFGHANISTAN: Many candidates still linked to armed groups

KABUL, 24 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - Despite significant progress on preparations for autumn polls, some candidates of Afghanistan’s upcoming parliamentary elections are still linked with armed groups and some are holding stocks of weapons, the United Nations and a local human rights body warned. Full report

AFGHANISTAN: Policies in short supply as election campaigning begins

KABUL, 17 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - Sitting in a printing house in a dusty Kabul street, Ghani Mohamad, a 45-year-old candidate in Afghanistan's first democratic parliamentary elections next month, is about to launch his campaign. He's pondering what to put on his campaign poster that would capture the electorate's attention as campaigning began officially on Wednesday.Full report

AFGHANISTAN: Debate on justice reform

KABUL, 16 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - State institutions involved in the justice system along with the United Nations and other national and international organisations, are discussing justice reform at a three-day workshop that began on Monday in the capital, Kabul.Full report

AFGHANISTAN: Election logistics challenge begins

KABUL, 10 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - With less than seven weeks to next month's parliamentary elections, the UN-Afghan Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB) has begun the monumental task of distributing election materials throughout post-conflict Afghanistan.Full report

AFGHANISTAN: Plight of woman and children continues, says UNICEF

KABUL, 4 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - While Afghanistan moves from a state of emergency to a focus on development, the reality of the situation for women and children remains serious, UNICEF warned on Thursday in the capital Kabul.Full report

AFGHANISTAN: Women show greater interest in September polls

KABUL, 3 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - With less than seven weeks to September's historic parliamentary elections, women have shown greater interest in participating, the Afghan-UN joint electoral management body (JEMB) announced on Wednesday in the capital Kabul. Full report

AFGHANISTAN: Funding shortfall may postpone autumn polls

KABUL, 2 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - Faced with a shortfall of millions of dollars, Afghanistan’s upcoming parliamentary elections slated for September may be postponed unless donors take action now, the United Nations warned on Monday.Full report

AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN: UNHCR's mobile repatriation teams making headway

LAHORE, 2 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - In a further effort to facilitate the voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees across Pakistan, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has increased the activities of its mobile repatriation teams for those living in scattered urban and rural areas.Full report

AFGHANISTAN: UN helps reopen family guidance centres in Kabul

KABUL, 2 Aug 2005 (IRIN) - Standing amongst a gathering of women in a reproductive health clinic in the Afghan capital, Kabul, Patooni tried to convince her audience - many of them mothers of seven to 15 children - of the merits of family planning.Full report


IRIN Focuses & Interviews for Afghanistan

AFGHANISTAN: Focus on security prior to election

AFGHANISTAN: Interview with rural development minister

AFGHANISTAN: Interview with governor of isolated Nuristan province

AFGHANISTAN: Focus on rehabilitation of child soldiers

AFGHANISTAN: Focus on warlordism in northeast

Afghanistan Internet links

Afghanistan Online

Humanitarian Information Centre For Afghanistan

Special 'Afghanistan - Humanitarian Crisis' web page at the UN

The ICRC in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Information Management Service

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