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India calls for protection of women’s rights in Afghanistan at UNHRC meet

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KABUL: India at the 50th Session of the Human Rights Council meeting on Afghanistan called for the protection of the rights of women and girls, including their right to education, The Print reported.

Deputy Permanent Representative of India, in a statement by India during the Urgent Debate on “the situation of human rights of women and girls in Afghanistan” at the UNHRC meet (June 13- July 8) called for “ensuring the protection of rights of women and girls in Afghanistan.”

“We also urge the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) to make all efforts to ensure that the rights of women, children and minorities are respected and preserved,” he added.

The ambassador expressed “deepest condolences to the victims and their families, and to all those impacted by the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan.”

He said that India shares the grief of the people of Afghanistan and as a true friend of Afghanistan and first responder, has dispatched 27 tons of emergency relief assistance in two flights for the people of Afghanistan.

 “There has been an increasing attempt towards removing women from public life in Afghanistan. We join others in calling for ensuring the protection of rights of women and girls, including their right to education, and to ensure that the long-fought gains of the last two decades are not reversed,” he added.

The Ambassador highlighted that the basic rights of civilians, children, girls and women including freedom of speech and opinion, access to education and medical care have been drastically hampered due to the ongoing situation.

“We call upon all the parties concerned to allow unhindered access to international assistance for all those who are in the need of it. In order to closely monitor and coordinate the efforts of various stakeholders for the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance and in continuation of our engagement with the Afghan people, an Indian technical team has been deployed in our Embassy there,” the Indian representative to UNHRC continued as saying.

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