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Passed House amended (11/09/1997)

Condemns the violations of international humanitarian law in Afghanistan and the targeted discrimination against women and girls. Expresses concern regarding the reported cases of stoning, public executions, and street beatings and the prohibition of employment and education for women and girls.

Urges the Taliban and all other parties in Afghanistan to cease providing safe haven to suspected terrorists or permitting Afghan territory to be used for terrorist training.

Affirms the need for peace negotiations and expresses hope that the Afghan parties will agree to a cease-fire.

Urges the President to: (1) continue to monitor the human rights situation in Afghanistan; (2) call for adherence to international humanitarian law by all Afghan factions; (3) call for an end to the systematic discrimination and harassment of women and girls in Afghanistan; (4) encourage efforts to procure a durable peace in Afghanistan and support the efforts of the United Nations Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi to assist in brokering a peaceful resolution to years of conflict; (5) call upon all countries to use their influence on the contending factions to end the fighting and come to the negotiating table, abide by internationally recognized norms of behavior, cease human rights violations, end provision of safe haven to terrorists and close terrorist training camps, and reverse discriminatory policies against women and girls; (6) call upon all nations to cease providing financial assistance, arms, and other kinds of support to the militaries or political organizations of any factions that abuse human rights in Afghanistan; and (7) support efforts by Afghan individuals to establish a cessation of hostilities and a transitional multiparty government leading to freedom, respect for human rights, and free and fair elections.