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tailss011230 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 8, 2011 at 5:05 PM via web

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What is the deprivation of liberty of Afghanistan?

What is the deprivation of liberty of Afghanistan?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 8, 2011 at 5:11 PM (Answer #2)

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Under the Taliban, there was (and still is in some parts of the country) a great deal of deprivation of liberty in Afghanistan.  The Taliban imposed theocratic rule on the country and deprived many people of various kinds of liberty.

For example, under the Taliban, recorded music was banned and people would have tapes taken away from them and destroyed.  The Taliban also enforced their ideas of proper dress and grooming on people, punishing those men who did not wear beards or those women who did not dress modestly enough.

By taking these sorts of actions, the Taliban deprived people in Afghanistan of their liberty to act as they pleased.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 29, 2011 at 10:00 AM (Answer #3)

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Afghanistan has had a sad past. The Taliban is a very oppressive regime. The people have very few freedoms. The Taliban government is very harsh. The punishments for minor infractions, many of which we would not consider infractions, are severe.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted July 30, 2011 at 10:00 AM (Answer #4)

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Besides the Taliban, and generally strict conservative social values, the crushing poverty and lack of food security for the majority of the Afghan population is another deprivation of liberty. We often frame discussions of freedom in terms of peoples' rights to practice religion or free speech as they see fit, but freedom from such things as hunger is another kind of oppression, and I would argue, the more important one. A hungry person cares little about freedom of speech. Four decades of brutal invasion and civil war has made the situation very difficult to improve in the long term, and the average life expectancy is in the low 40s.

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