State Department scrutinizes human rights in South Asia

On Feb. 26, the U.S. State Department released its annual country reports on global human rights practices. Click for the AfghanistanPakistan, and India reports.

Afghanistan earns high marks for efforts to improve education, employment, and health care for urban women, but remains weak in rural areas. Domestic abuse against women and children tops the list of challenges in Pakistan, though the government has made progress on children’s rights. The report adds that public schools are scarce in rural areas, and tuition charges continue to keep universal education access out of reach. Finally, in India, the State Department reports that the government “generally respected the rights of its citizens.” Though sexual and child abuse persist throughout the country, a new marriage law and government workplace regulations have the potential to advance women’s rights.