Taliban Not Complying with Promises Made Over Women’s Rights, Says UN

Insecurity in Afghanistan

United Nations’ human rights chief on Monday faulted Taliban’s actions since forcefully seizing power in Afghanistan, implying that they failed to comply with promises made concerning women’s rights.

Michelle Bachelet told the Human Rights Council in Geneva, that Afghanistan was in a “new and perilous phase” with many women and members of ethnic groups and religious communities deeply concerned for their rights.

“Importantly, and in contradiction to assurances that the Taliban would uphold women’s rights, over the past three weeks, women have instead been progressively excluded from the public sphere,’’ she said in her speech.

Bachelet expressed sadness at the composition of the Taliban’s new government, noting the absence of women and its dominance by ethnic Pashtun.

She also pointed to other broken pledges on granting amnesty to former civil servants and security officers linked to the previous government and prohibiting house-to-house searches.

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