KABUL: The Foreign Ministers of 15 countries voiced their concerns over restrictions imposed on girls’ access to education in Afghanistan and called on the “Taliban to respect the right to education and adhere to their commitments to reopen schools for all female students.”
The statement was issued by the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States.
Meanwhile, the US envoy for Afghanistan human rights and women, Rina Amiri, in an interview with the DW also voiced concerns over the restrictions being imposed by the current Afghan government on women.
“The Afghan women expect the Taliban to focus on the security and facilitation of a good life for the people and not to interfere in the normal life of people,” said Farah Mustafavi, a women’s rights activist.
But the Islamic Emirate denied the restrictions on the women.
“We deny such claims about the violation of women’s rights. The Islamic Emirate protect the rights of all Afghan citizens,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.
The Islamic Emirate’s announcement of new ruling for women’s dress has faced an international reaction, however a spokesman for the Ministry of Vice and Virtue said that burqa was not the only type of Hijab imposed by the Islamic Emirate, but any type of Hijab such as Arabic Hijab could also be used instead of burqa.