South & Central Asia

The Causes and Consequences of Bachabazi in Afghanistan

Contributed by a member of the RISE Community • May 26th, 2016

Based on its legal mandates, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) launched a national inquiry on causes and negative consequences of Bacha Bazi (sexual exploitation of young boys by older men) in Afghanistan. The findings of this National Inquiry are obtained through interviews with perpetrators as well as with victims of this phenomena, local elites and witnesses of this practice. This National Inquiry was conducted through  71 focus group sessions and 17 public hearing sessions in 17 provinces of Afghanistan. These sessions were attended by almost 2200 persons, including members of the provincial councils, representatives of justice and judicial organs, local elders, specialists, university lecturers, representatives of the civil society institutions, media, security organs, religious Ulama and local influential figures to exchange views about the consequences of Bacha Bazi. For enrichment of this report, other reports and researches conducted in this area have been used as secondary sources.

ASCHIANA, one of the Regional Working Group member organisation of RISE Learning Network was part of this AIHRC led research.

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