The Afghan government does not intend to take over all shelters for abused women in the country, President Hamid Karzai said in what appears to be a contradiction from a previous announcement of Afghan women affairs minister Husun Bano Ghazanfar who said the government has proposed to authorize officials to control “all existing women’s shelters Afghanistan,” the Agence France-Presse reports. Ghazanfar’s announcement has prompted concerns from the European Union, the United States and several rights group, who argued that the proposal could put women in those shelters at risk. These shelters are currently run by charities and rights groups.

In his announcement, Karzai said the the government will only take over those shelters “found in violation of the established standards and the rules and regulations.”

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