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Rights groups call for an end to crackdown on Afghan women

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KABUL: Two international rights organizations have called for an end to the Taliban government’s crackdown on rights of women in Afghanistan.

Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said the Islamic Emirate’s treatment of women and girls is a gender persecution as they have excluded women from public life, imposing draconian laws since regaining power in Afghanistan in 2021.

Girls and women have been barred from secondary and university education, banned from various work sectors and granted limited access to public spaces.

“The Taliban’s campaign of gender persecution is of such magnitude, gravity and systematic nature that their acts and policies form a system of repression which aims to marginalize women and girls across the country,” said Santiago A. Canton, Secretary General of the ICJ, a group of prominent judges and lawyers headquartered in Switzerland.

This is as the Taliban’s deputy spokesperson, Bilal Karimi, denied the statements as hate propaganda. Karimi claimed the report only gave a partial view of the situation in Afghanistan, adding: “Women are working in different government departments like ministries and airports, however wherever they work should be based on Afghan culture and Islamic values.”

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