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UN rights chief urges Taliban to drop restrictions on ladies


BERLIN — The United Nations’ human rights chief on Tuesday decried growing restrictions on ladies’s rights in Afghanistan, urging the nation’s Taliban rulers to reverse them instantly. He pointed to “horrible penalties” of a call to bar ladies from working for non-governmental organizations.

Final week, Taliban authorities stopped college training for ladies, sparking worldwide outrage and demonstrations in Afghan cities. On Saturday, they introduced the exclusion of ladies from NGO work, a transfer that already has prompted 4 main worldwide help companies to droop operations in Afghanistan.

“No nation can develop — certainly survive — socially and economically with half its inhabitants excluded,” U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk mentioned in an announcement issued in Geneva. “These unfathomable restrictions positioned on ladies and women won’t solely enhance the struggling of all Afghans however, I concern, pose a danger past Afghanistan’s borders.”

“This newest decree by the de facto authorities may have horrible penalties for ladies and for all Afghan folks,” Türk mentioned, including that banning ladies from working for NGOs will deprive them and their households of incomes and of the appropriate to “contribute positively” to the nation’s improvement.

“The ban will considerably impair, if not destroy, the capability of those NGOs to ship the important providers on which so many weak Afghans rely,” he mentioned.

Regardless of initially promising a extra average rule respecting rights for ladies and minorities after they took energy final 12 months, the Taliban have broadly applied their strict interpretation of Islamic legislation, or Sharia.

They’ve banned women from center faculty and highschool, restricted ladies from most employment and ordered them to put on head-to-toe clothes in public. Ladies are additionally banned from parks and gymnasiums.

“Ladies and women can’t be denied their inherent rights,” Türk mentioned. “Makes an attempt by the de facto authorities to relegate them to silence and invisibility won’t succeed — it can merely hurt all Afghans, compound their struggling, and impede the nation’s improvement.”



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