Amiri, OIC officials discuss human rights in Afghanistan


The US special envoy for Afghan women, girls and human rights, Rina Amiri, discussed the humanitar-ian situation as well as human rights in Afghanistan with representatives of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Amiri today said onTwitter that in the meeting she called on the OIC representatives to ‘press’ the Is-lamic Emirate for inclusive governance and ro up-hold rights, emphasizing that human rights and hu-manitarian issues are linked. “In Jeddah, agreed with OIC reps that the Muslim World needs to be at the forefront of holding the Taliban accountable to respect human rights & deliver on its commitment to enable women & girls, in all their diversity, to return to school, work & public & political life,” she tweeted.

Amiri also met with the Islamic Development Bank group and discussed efforts toward addressing the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. “Welcomed progress towards the establishment of the Afghani-stan Trust Fund & efforts to garner donor support from OIC members & other allies to address the devastating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan,” she tweeted.

International Islamic Fiqh Academy was another venue where Amiri discussed human rights and women’s and girls’ right to work and education. Amiri said, according to the academy, exclusion of women from social and political life is not accept-able in Islam. “Its official scholarship on women & human rights is an impressive initiative underscor-ing that women’s rights to education, work & par-ticipation in all spheres of life, including public & political space, are indisputable in Islam,” she tweeted.

State Secretary Antony Blinken also met with his Qatar counterpart Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in Munich on Friday and discussed Afghani-stan. “The Secretary thanked the Foreign Minister for Qatar’s generosity and continued willingness to partner in our efforts to assist the people of Af-ghanistan,” US State Department said.

After the collapse of the former government in Au-gust last year, Afghan women have been facing restrictions and also girls beyond grade seven could not return to schools in most parts of the country.Respect for human rights, return of women to work and girls to school have been key conditions of the international community’s for recognition of the Islamic Emirate.

The Islamic Emirate, however, repeatedly has said it will uphold’s women’s rights under Islamic law.The Islamic Emirate has also said all the girls’ schools will be reopened in the new solar year. —TOLO


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