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Amnesty International: Afghan women silenced, dreams shattered

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KABUL: Amnesty International has said that the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan has created a nightmarish situation for Afghan women who face bans on education and employment within organizations, and their overall condition is rapidly deteriorating.

Amnesty International highlights that the voices and dreams of Afghan women and girls have been brutally suppressed, labeling their exclusion from public life as a “crime against humanity.” The organization condemns the lack of vocational training opportunities for women and the mandatory requirement to wear a hijab in public places.

On July 1, the international body shared a video on Twitter illustrating the desperate plight of Afghan women, emphasizing that sidelining them from public life could be classified as a crime against humanity. The organization insists that the Taliban-led government must be held accountable for these actions.

Amnesty International blamed the Taliban government of committing widespread human rights violations. The organization states that the Taliban has responded violently to the legitimate demands of Afghan women for nearly two years. However, the Taliban denies these allegations, dismissing them as foreign interference in Afghanistan’s internal affairs.

In contrast to public opinion, Taliban leader Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada claims that the situation for Afghan women and girls is quite satisfactory, asserting that all their rights are protected and respected, according to Khaama Press.

Meanwhile, the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Indonesia, Liechtenstein, Mongolia, and South Africa have collectively urged the Taliban to swiftly reverse policies and practices that curtail the rights and freedoms of women and girls. This call was made during the Female Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on June 29 and 30. The ministers’ joint statement stressed the importance of women and girls having full, equal, meaningful, and safe participation in Afghanistan and appealed to the Taliban to promptly reverse policies obstructing their access to education, employment, freedom of movement, and meaningful engagement in public life. The statement further urged all states and organizations to employ their influence, in line with the United Nations Charter, to facilitate the urgent reversal of these detrimental policies and practices.

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