Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
February 17, 2011
The United States is concerned by the Afghan Government’s proposed changes to the regulation of women’s shelters. While we recognize that the government needs to monitor shelters, it is important that civil society be allowed to operate these facilities independently. In light of the progress that the Afghan Government has achieved in advancing women’s rights over the past decade, we encourage the government to support the humanitarian work of shelter organizations, and affirm their centrality to ensuring the human rights of all Afghans.