Afghanistan: Taliban order women to stay at home; to cover in public |

According to information received by UNAMA, this is a formal directive rather than a recommendation, any violation of which will result in the punishment of male relatives.

This decision contradicts numerous assurances regarding the respect and protection of the human rights of all Afghans, including those of women and girls.which had been provided to the international community by representatives of the Taliban during discussions and negotiations over the past decade,” the UNAMA statement read.

After the Taliban took power in August 2021, the Taliban ensured that women would benefit from their rights, whether in work, education or society in general.

Women’s rights in the line of fire, once again

Reports on the decree, which calls on women to show only their eyes and recommends that they wear the burqa from head to toe, say this latest reduction in their rights in the country evokes similar restrictions from the former regime of Taliban between 1996 and 2001.

It also follows the reneging on an earlier promise to appease their intransigent regime at the expense of further alienation from the international community, which was eagerly awaiting signs that the de facto the authority is ready for positive relations with the rest of the world.

After taking power, the Taliban confirmed in September that secondary schools were reopening, but only boys would return to class.

Female teachers across the country have also been unable to return to work.

Six weeks ago, the de facto The authorities have again decided to postpone the secondary education of Afghan girls – drawing widespread international, regional and local condemnation.

Ask for clarification

This latest move by the Taliban threatens to further strain engagement with the international community.

UNAMA will immediately request meetings with the Taliban de facto authorities to seek clarification on the status of this decisionthe statement continued, adding that UNAMA would also engage in consultations with members of the international community regarding the implications of this latest decree.

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