UN denounces restrictions on women in Afghanistan

BERLIN (HPD) — The UN human rights chief denounced growing restrictions on women in Afghanistan on Tuesday, calling on the Taliban to immediately lift them.

The recent ban on NGOs hiring female staff will have “terrible consequences”, warned the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk.

Last week, the Taliban banned women from studying at universities, sparking international condemnation and protests from women within the country. On Saturday, the Islamic militia announced that NGOs cannot hire female staff, prompting four international agencies to suspend their operations in Afghanistan.

“No country can develop – in fact, cannot even survive – socially and economically if it excludes half its population,” Türk said in a statement issued in Geneva.

“These unimaginable restrictions on women and girls will not only increase the suffering of all Afghans but, I fear, present a risk beyond Afghanistan’s borders,” he added.

“This new decree by the de facto authorities will have terrible consequences for women and for the entire Afghan people,” Türk said, adding that banning women from working for NGOs will deprive them and their families of jobs, sources of income and livelihood. the possibility of “positively contributing” to the development of the country.

“The ban will significantly hamper, and could even destroy, the ability of these NGOs to deliver essential services on which so many vulnerable Afghans depend,” he said.

Although the Taliban initially promised a more moderate regime and respect for women’s rights when they seized power last year, they have recently been applying their strict interpretation of Islamic law known as Sharia.

The militia have banned girls from going to school, banned most women from going to work and ordered everyone to cover themselves from head to toe in public. He has also been banned from going to parks and gyms.

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