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Rights Group Says UN Should Increase Monitoring Rights Situation in Afghanistan


A leading human rights group says Afghanistan's human rights situation demands continuing monitoring by the United Nations.

Human Rights Watch issued a statement late Tuesday, urging the U.N. Human Rights Commission to keep Afghanistan on its agenda and to increase the number of monitors in the country.

The U.N. commission is holding its annual meeting in Geneva this week.

The U.S.-based group says there is still a human rights crisis in Afghanistan, where warlords and armed factions continue to dominate many regions and routinely abuse human rights, especially the rights of women and girls.

It also urged the United States to help increase human rights monitoring in Afghanistan, saying it is particularly important ahead of the country's parliamentary election, which is expected in September.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.