Afghanistan Reconsiders Public Stoning Law for Convicted Adulterers

| by Courtney Nunes

Government officials in Afghanistan are reconsidering bringing back a law that would make public stoning a legal punishment for adultery.

According to The Guardian, Afghan Justice Ministry officials are currently drafting new forms of punishment for individuals who commit adultery, including both married and unmarried individuals.

Under the proposed law, married people who commit adultery would be stoned to death, while unmarried individuals would receive “100 lashes,” reports The Independent.

Article 21 of the drafted proposal reads: “Men and women who commit adultery shall be punished based on the circumstances to one of the following punishments: lashing, stoning [to death].” The draft also adds that the stoning should be public, The Guardian adds.

The practice was reportedly banned after the fall of the Taliban, and has been widely condemned by the international community, including the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai (pictured).

The Human Rights Watch has reportedly called on international governments to reduce their funding to the Afghan government if the law were to pass.

“It is absolutely shocking that 12 years after the fall of the Taliban government, the Karzai administration might bring back stoning as a punishment,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

“President Karzai needs to demonstrate at least a basic commitment to human rights and reject this proposal out of hand,” Adams added.  

According to The Guardian, the proposed penalty violates international human rights laws that ban torture and “cruel and inhuman” punishment.

Sources: The GuardianThe Independent