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A meeting with Maria Bashir

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A meeting with Maria Bashir, Chief Prosecutor of the Province of Herat. In 2014, NATO will pull out of Afghanistan. Local political leaders are rejoicing, certain they can run the country without anyone’s help. But a faction of civil society, namely women, trembles at the thought that the few civil rights they have acquired could vanish, swallowed up by a return to fundamentalism and obscurantism.

Patrolled by an armed guard, the Herat government building in Afghanistan recently rebuilt by the Italians rises up imposingly in the city centre at the end of a long, tree-lined avenue. At the entrance, all men are searched by guards with Kalashnikov’s while two women in burqas check the women.

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