In this photograph taken on May 27, 2018 Afghan clad burqa women walk past blast walls along the roadside in Mazar-i-Sharif. / AFP / FARSHAD USYAN
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A law meant to protect Afghan women from violence is being undermined by authorities who routinely refer even serious criminal cases to traditional mediation councils that fail to protect victims, the United Nations said Tuesday.The Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) law, passed in 2009, was a centerpiece of efforts to improve protection for Afghan women, who suffer widespread violence in one of the worst countries in the world to be born female. In many remote parts of Afghanistan, where the formal legal system has no sway, mediation is the only form of justice, but the U.N. report focused on cases reported to the authorities.Tuesday's report was based on 237 cases of violence against women and 280 cases of murder in 2016 and 2017, including murders within families sometimes called "honor killings".
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