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Afghan women campaign against Taliban dress code, and human rights concerns for miners in DRC

Afghan women campaign against Taliban dress code, and human rights concerns for miners in DRC.
Afghan women campaign against Taliban dress code, and human rights concerns for miners in DRC. © Observers

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While the Taliban have said only that female students must observe hijab, without giving more details, women dressed in black robes at a pro-Taliban rally in Kabul on September 11 raised fears that the Islamist group will reintroduce mandatory wearing of head-to-toe garments. This week we spoke to two Afghan women who told us more about the Taliban's dress code – and the women who are fighting against it in the streets and online with the hashtag #DoNotTouchMyClothes.

Next, we talked to Richard Ilunga, from the NGO Afrewatch, about human rights violations against local miners in DR Congo. Foreign mining companies have taken over in DR Congo, leaving local miners in search of a place to make a living. Those who attempt to mine on foreign mining concessions, either illegally or as employees, face detention, arrest and maltreatment.

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