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UN’s Bennett highlights a decline in Afghanistan’s human rights situation

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Kabul: The UN special rapporteur for Afghanistan on Thursday emphasized prioritizing human rights, particularly women’s rights, in engagement with the Taliban.

Richard Bennett painted a grim picture of human rights in Afghanistan, criticizing widespread discrimination against women and minorities.

Presenting his six-month report at the 55th session of the Human Rights Council, Bennett labeled the human rights situation in Afghanistan as “dire.”

He stressed the importance of prioritizing the Afghan people and ensuring their inclusion in decision-making processes.

Regarding women’s rights violations, hesaid that in the past few months, the Taliban have detained women under the pretext of “bad hijab” and made their release subject to the guarantee of their male family members.

The UN special rapporteur called for accountability from the Taliban for their policies and actions, urging the world to find ways to support Afghan women and girls promptly.

Suicide rates, depression, especially among youth, women, and girls, and the imposition of Taliban-prescribed dress codes on women were among the concerns Bennett addressed.

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