Efforts to engage with Kabul near ‘dead end’: Afghan envoy

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Nasir A. Andisha, the permanent envoy of Afghanistan to the UN in Geneva, at the UN Human Rights session said that the international community’s efforts have come to a deadlock in the last ten months of interaction with the Islamic Emirate.

According to Andisha, human rights violations, women being excluded from work and education, and restrictions on women have caused the international community to become frustrated with the Islamic Emirate.

“Over the past ten months the international community is using every possible means to engage with the Taliban, but unfortunately it appears that all efforts are approaching a dead end, a cul-de-sac filled with broken promises and deep disappointments,” said Nasir A. Andisha, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN in Geneva.

At the 50th Annual UN Human Rights Session, countries and representatives of human rights organizations discussed the state of the world’s interactions with the Islamic Emirate, the “systematic exclusion of women from society,” and the “deteriorating human rights situation.”

“We want to speak to the Taliban ourselves, we know what our people need —I call on the de facto authorities to honor their commitments to women’s rights to urgently create a meaningful dialogue with Afghan women and to listen to their voices. Excellencies, during my visit I recognized the significance of the general amnesty granted to the former officials,” said Michelle Bachelet, the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“In Afghanistan, the Taliban have appointed a government of men, closed girls’ schools, banned women from showing their faces in public and restricted their rights even to leave their own homes. Nearly 20 million Afghan women and girls are being silenced and erased from sight,” said the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

The Islamic Emirate’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, denied there were violations of human rights in Afghanistan, saying that the rights of Afghans have been ensured now better than before.

International Human Rights Watch earlier urged the international community, particularly the UN, to take serious action against the Islamic Emirate in consideration of reports of widespread human rights violations, restrictions on women, and the barring of girls from school.—Reuters

 

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