Afghanistan is “tending to be authoritarian”, says a UN legal expert

  • Afghan fighters are demanding an investigation
  • “Discrimination” in Afghanistan – Former Government Ambassador
  • An estimated 850,000 girls drop out of school and are at risk of exploitation

GENEVA, September 12 (Reuters) – The Taliban’s human rights record has deteriorated over time, a United Nations expert said on Monday, describing “appalling oppression” against women and children sister and their “authoritarianism“, while Afghan women told the global community to call for . organize to take action.

Richard Bennett, the United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Afghanistan, has called for radical changes in the country.

Depriving women and girls of the right to vote, suppressing dissidents and critics, and repressing the Taliban’s freedom of expression are tantamount to totalitarianism,” he said at a council meeting. Human right.

Afghanistan’s ambassador, Nassir Ahmed Andisha, who represented the ousted government, described “racism” in the country.

At the same meeting, several Afghan women spoke, and human rights activist Mahbooba Seraj called for a 47-member committee to establish a mechanism to investigate violations.

In a room full of UN diplomats in Geneva, he said: “Only God knows of unsaid atrocities. “I’m reporting this because it’s not true. World: it’s not true. Please, please, you have to do something.”

She describes meeting Taliban officials on the streets of Kabul and feeling invisible: “Until then, I’m not there. Not me. All of us, women in this country. We’re not there They’re just looking at us We’re gone Do we know this feeling?

Most high schools for girls in Afghanistan have been closed since the Taliban took power in August 2021, when the group abruptly stalled after promising to reopen classes in March.

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According to Human Rights Minister Ilz Brands Kerris, 850,000 girls have dropped out of school and are at risk of child marriage, sexual and economic exploitation.

The Taliban, a hardline Muslim group not officially recognized by many governments, has announced that schools will remain closed until reopening in accordance with Islamic law.

A year ago, the Geneva-based council created the mandate to monitor human rights abuses in Afghanistan. It has been updated with a draft EU resolution and a decision is expected on 7 October.