UN urges Taliban to reverse restrictions on women’s human rights – JURIST

The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday urged the Taliban to reverse its restrictions on the fundamental freedoms and human rights of Afghan women.

At a panel of 15 member states in Norway, the Security Council expressed its “deep concern” about the policies implemented in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime. Since seizing power over Afghanistan eight months ago, the Taliban have promised to guarantee women’s freedom, but policies aimed at guaranteeing equal rights for women have been quickly reversed, including by closing schools for girls after sixth grade and banning women from traveling 45 miles from a male guardian.

The Security Council statement came after the Taliban demanded that female hosts wear veils during TV broadcasts. A draft text identified that the greatest concern for human rights violations stems from “the imposition of restrictions that limit access to education, employment, freedom of movement and the full, equal and meaningful participation of women in public life”.

The Security Council insisted that there be no delay in the reopening of schools for girls in a unified message. Other issues discussed also included the decline of the country’s financial and banking systems, with the Council citing a “volatile situation in Afghanistan”. Cases of drug trafficking and terrorist attacks against civilians were also addressed in the text.

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