High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet denounced the rapid deterioration of women’s rights in Afghanistan in recent months, during an urgent debate at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on the situation of women and girls in the country.
“Since the Taliban came to power, women and girls have faced the largest and most rapid decline in the enjoyment of their rights in decades,” Bachelet said at the opening of the debate demanded by the European Union.
And she warned that “their future will become bleaker if nothing changes quickly,” according to “AFP”.
Bachelet, who visited Afghanistan briefly in March, encouraged the Taliban “to reach out to Muslim-majority countries that have experience in promoting the rights of women and girls, as guaranteed by international law.”
Bachelet, who has made the issue of the Taliban’s treatment of women a “red line”, called on the movement to set a clear date for opening secondary schools for girls and to remove restrictions on freedom of movement and those linked to the obligation to cover the face.
After returning to power after 20 years of conflict with the government and foreign forces, the Taliban promised to be more flexible in dealing with the women’s file, but they stopped teaching tens of thousands of female students from secondary schools, and many women in civil service jobs were not allowed to return to the country. the work.
Women were also prevented from traveling alone, and they could only go to parks and gardens in Kabul on certain days, while the other days were reserved for men.
In May, the Taliban’s supreme leader issued a decree requiring women to cover themselves completely in public, including the face, and emphasized that women should stay at home.
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