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NERMEEN SHAIKH: We turn now to the story of an Afghan refugee who claims she and her husband were threatened with rape if she was not allowed to travel back to Afghanistan. The man who allegedly threatened her in the summer of 2015, has now been sentenced to 12 years in prison, with no chance of parole. But the couple’s story illustrates the perils of being an Afghan refugee in the U.S.—and how the U.S. has failed to provide them any meaningful protection. The couple spent six months hiding out in the mountains of New Mexico after fleeing war in their home country. But this week, they were flown back to Afghanistan. The judge in the case, David Zarracino, says they had no reason to fear for their lives when they crossed the border.
DAVID ZARRACINO: There was no indication whatsoever that this was a real threat that they had to be worried about. So you look at this for a minute, and it’s a no-brainer that someone who has never been in that situation can’t be that concerned about it.
NARRATOR: But that’s not the case for the other two women who were sentenced to jail.
SALAM DAHLI: I have never faced any of these horrors, in all my life.
NARRATOR: At issue is whether women who have been raped in Afghanistan can be held responsible for the sexual violence committed by their male partners. For decades, women in Afghanistan have faced horrific violence and violence against women. According to a United Nations report, some women were executed for adultery. But one of the most controversial parts of the U.S. military’s training and handling of Afghan security forces was when it began training Afghan women to fight alongside U.S. troops. Critics, like Sadeq Naeem of the American Civil Liberties Union, say this training is not an effective or safe way to train someone to fight in war.
SADEQ NAEAEM: This is an abrogation of the Geneva Conventions, which were ratified in 1949. They say that they are in effect a human rights instrument. And that