ISLAMABAD (AP) – UN special rapporteur on human rights Afghanistan Worries about deteriorating rights in the country were raised on Thursday and called for a ruling Taliban Reverse the new restrictions on women.
In recent weeks, they have issued decrees requiring women to cover their eyes, including female presenters on TV, and banning girls from school beyond sixth grade.
at the same time, Afghanistan Witnessed continued bombings and other attacks against civilians, often against the predominantly Shiite Muslim minority of Hazara.Most of the attacks were claimed by ISIS affiliates in the country, the group’s sworn enemy Taliban.
Bennett says Afghanistanthe de facto authority – refers to Taliban – Failure to acknowledge the scale and gravity of the violations committed, many in their name, and their responsibility to address them and protect the population as a whole.
“I am gravely concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation across the country, and the disappearance of women from public life is particularly concerning,” Bennett told reporters. In a statement issued at the same time, he called for Taliban “Immediately reverse policies and directives that negatively impact women.”
His comments followed a statement by the UN Security Council on Tuesday calling for Taliban “Quickly reverse” restrictions on girls’ access to education and women’s employment, freedom of movement and “full, equal and meaningful participation in public life”.
The new decree brings the country closer to Taliban when they first ruled Afghanistan From 1996 to 2001. At the time, they imposed overwhelming restrictions on women, barring them from education and participation in public life, and requiring them to wear the all-encompassing burqa.
During the visit, Bennett and Taliban The leader also toured the country, meeting with civil society groups, human rights activists and minority communities, including Hazaras.
In an interview with the media, he called for an investigation into armed bombings targeting Hazaras, other Shiites and Sufis, a mysterious trend in Sunni and Shiite Islam that militants labelled denounced as heresy.
Such attacks “are becoming more and more systematic in nature and reflect elements of organizational policy,” he said, adding that they displayed “characteristics of crimes against humanity.”
At least 14 people were killed in a series of blasts on Wednesday. At the same time, a bomb destroyed a mosque in Kabul where people were praying, killing five and injuring 22. In the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, three minivans were hit by bombs, killing nine and injuring 15, all Shiites. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the minivan bombing.
Bennett also pointed to “substantial” reports of intimidation, harassment, assaults, arrests, and in some cases killings or disappearances by authorities targeting journalists, prosecutors and judges, as well as civil society for exercising their rights to peaceful assembly and association.
if Taliban Benchmarks can be met, including fully opening schools for girls, creating more representative administrations and allowing for dialogue, he said, “The risk of further instability and suffering Afghanistan may be mitigated. “
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