Afghanistan Considers Reviving Public Stoning for Adultery

The government is drafting a new penal code that reintroduces public stoning as a punishment

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Afghanistan’s Justice Ministry is in the process of drafting a new penal code that includes proposals for public stoning as a punishment for committing adultery, according to Human Rights Watch.

Both the human rights organization and the Guardian newspaper have seen drafts of the new code that include several references to stoning. “Men and women who commit adultery shall be published based on the circumstances to one of the following punishments: lashing, stoning [to death],” the Guardian quotes the draft penal code as saying.

The current penal system in Afghanistan, which came into force in 1976, makes no mention of stoning as a punishment for crimes committed.  Despite this, public stoning has been a means of administering punishments and executions, most notoriously at the height of the Taliban’s time in power from the mid-1990s to 2001.

There continues to be isolated reports of execution by stoning since the downfall of the Taliban government, according to Human Rights Watch. It condemned the practice as a violation of international human rights standards that the Afghanistan government has pledged to uphold.

[The Guardian]

4 comments
JohnKovacich
JohnKovacich

in afghanistan they stone people for adultery, here people commit adultery when they get stoned.

kon-tiki
kon-tiki

Yeh, i recall an article a couple of years ago when they said they will use only small stone while stoning as part of humanitarian consideration. Karzai is just making his exit plans and covering his butt for the life after the US withdrawal next year.

chippy1
chippy1

We could have erected a radioactive barrier around A-stan, contained the terrorists and saved billions of american dollars and lives.

Duffman
Duffman

Let's stay there and make sure these primitive are protected and free to do whatever barbarism they want. We need to defend their primitive "culture". and lay down our lives to ensure the freedom to behave like sub-human monkeys. Or we could leave them to wallow in their own filth & if another 9-11 happens we turn one of their cities into a smoldering crater. Rinse and repeat.