Taliban tells working women to stay home

Afghan woman in burqa (file photo)

Afghan woman in burqa (file photo)

A Taliban spokesman told reporters that women working in Afghanistan must stay home until the proper systems are in place to ensure their safety.

“This is a very temporary procedure,” said spokesman Zabifra Mujahid.

The Taliban, which enforced a strict version of Islamic law when it ruled Afghanistan before 2001, regained full control of the country nine days ago.

The United Nations emphasizes “trustworthy” reports of Taliban abuse, especially restrictions on women.

Michelle Bachelet, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said on Tuesday that women’s rights are a “fundamental red line.”

A Taliban spokesman also addressed the US-led evacuation of Kabul at a press conference in Kabul on Tuesday.

The US military controls Kabul Airport, where about 58,700 people have been evacuated so far. Mr. Mujahid reaffirmed the Taliban’s position that the operation should be completed by August 31st.

Afghanistan trying to go to Kabul Airport on August 24th

Thousands of Afghans are anxious to reach Kabul Airport while evacuation continues

Regarding the situation of women in Afghanistan, he said any restrictions were short-lived.

“Our security forces are not trained in how to deal with women, that is, how to talk to them for some of them,” Mujahid said. “Until we ensure complete safety … we ask women to stay home.”

Ms. Bachelet not only expressed concern about women’s rights, but also said she had received reports of Taliban recruitment and summary execution of child soldiers.

She was speaking at an emergency meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. The council then approved a resolution confirming its “unwavering commitment” to the rights of women and girls.

However, the resolution did not reach what many human rights groups were looking for. In particular, it did not recommend the appointment of a special UN investigator in Afghanistan.

After they regained power, militants have sought to convey a more restrained image, promising rights for women and girls, and freedom of speech.

President Biden is meeting with leaders of other G7 industrialized nations on Tuesday.

Thousands of people are still waiting to leave, including British citizens, other foreigners, and Afghans who are eligible for resettlement abroad.

Khalid, an Afghan who worked as an interpreter for the British Army, told the BBC about his relief (sadness) when he left the country. He and his family are currently in the north of England.

“When you leave your country, your people, especially your sisters, your brothers, your mother, all of you … I was sad because of those things, but now I am happy in the UK “He said.

According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 550,000 people were displaced from the fighting this year, even before the Taliban regained control.

in the meantime, The head of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) held a secret meeting in Kabul with the Taliban founder Mullah Baradar., A source told the US media.

If confirmed, it will be the highest level conference between the United States and the Taliban so far since the fall of Kabul and the dismissal of the US-backed government.

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