(FiveNation.com)- An Afghan woman judge, now safe in Europe, told Reuters that after the Taliban emptied the prisons, she was hunted by the prisoners she had once jailed. She said that four or five former Taliban prisoners had come to her house looking for her.
Around 250 women served as judges in the US-backed civilian government. While some, like this judge, were able to flee the country, most of them were left behind still trying to escape.
For all its attempts to transform a tribal, backward, Islamist region into a liberal democracy, even before the United States dishonorably bugged out of Afghanistan, women working in justice have not been safe. Two female Supreme Court justices were shot dead in January. Now that the US has left Afghanistan, things will only become more dire for those that remain.
The former judge told Reuters that she has been in touch with colleagues still in the country who are terrified that if they cannot escape they will be killed.
She was able to escape Afghanistan with the help of a group of human rights volunteers and foreign colleagues from the International Association of Women Judges.
Female judges aren’t the only ones being targeted by the Taliban and its terror allies. There were about a thousand women working to defend human rights in Afghanistan who will now be in the Taliban’s crosshairs. The judge said that the freed prisoners are calling women judges, prosecutors and police officers threatening to come after them.
Human rights and legal activists who have been trying to rescue these Afghan women criticized the West for failing to make their evacuation a priority after Kabul fell. Now rescuing these women is in the hands others.
Sarah Kay, a Belfast-based human rights lawyer, has been working with an online group of veterans known as the “digital Dunkirk.” This group of volunteers has helped hundreds of people escape Afghanistan by using the help of chat groups and personal contacts.
Likewise, a team of six foreign judges from International Association of Women Judges has also been coordinating information, lobbying governments and arranging evacuations.