Afghan president orders probe into abuse of athletes

President Ashraf Ghani ordered an investigation into allegations of abuse of female athletes. (AP)
Updated 04 December 2018
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Afghan president orders probe into abuse of athletes

  • The report cited senior figures associated with the team as saying the abuse took place at the federation’s headquarters in Kabul

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani ordered Tuesday an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of female athletes, saying that any kind of misconduct against athletes, male or female, was unacceptable.

The development follows a Guardian report last Friday about sexual abuse of Afghan female soccer players. 

The report cited senior figures associated with the team as saying the abuse took place at the federation’s headquarters in Kabul and at a training camp in Jordan last February. Ghani described the report as “shocking to all Afghans,” the presidential palace said.  

On Monday night, he met with officials from the Afghan National Olympic Committee, sportsmen and sportswomen, and pledged authorities would “conduct a thorough investigation into this.” 


Venezuelans fleeing crisis deserve refugee status: UN

Updated 21 May 2019
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Venezuelans fleeing crisis deserve refugee status: UN

  • UN urged other states not to deport or force them back
  • “It is incredibly important that given the situation in Venezuela that there aren’t deportations, expulsions or forced returns,” UNHCR said

GENEVA: Venezuelans fleeing the worsening crisis in their country deserve protection as refugees, the United Nations refugee agency said in updated guidance issued on Tuesday.
It urged other states not to deport or force them back.
Some 3.7 million people have left Venezuela, the majority since 2015, it said. “It is incredibly important that given the situation in Venezuela that there aren’t deportations, expulsions or forced returns,” UNHCR spokeswoman Liz Throssell told a news briefing.