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Participation in the Afghanistan High Peace Council:


Wazhma Frogh, a distinguished Afghan women's rights leader, was invited in 2015 to join the Afghanistan High Peace Council, a body aimed at fostering peace by integrating anti-government forces, including the Taliban. Her potential involvement offered a unique opportunity to influence the peace process and expand her peacebuilding work, utilizing the Council's resources. Yet, this role also posed significant challenges, including threats to her personal safety and the risk to her reputation from associating with figures implicated in human rights abuses. Wazhma needed to decide whether to accept the invitation, balancing the complex interplay between advancing women's rights and engaging in a peace process with parties accused of severe violations.

What ethical and safety considerations should guide the participation of human rights advocates in negotiations with parties accused of violations?


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