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EU Reiterates Call for Reopening of Girls Schools in Afghanistan

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KABUL: The European Union has reiterated calls for the reopening of secondary and high schools for the girls in Afghanistan.

The EU in a statement said the decision on girls’ education by the Islamic Emirate violates the fundamental right to education.

The EU called the decision a violation of several international human rights agreements of which Afghanistan is a state party. There is no cultural justification for the ban on girls schools over grade sixth, the statement reads.

“This decision further erodes the Taliban’s chances to gain the domestic legitimacy that they seek, which should be earned by inclusive and responsible governance rather than through the use of force and violence,” the statement added.

The statement suggested that the decision on school affects the Islamic Emirate’s reputation under the supervision of the international partners.

The girls students in grades 7-12 were not allowed to attend their classes last Wednesday. The decision faced a widespread reaction from inside and outside Afghanistan.

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