Afghanistan: A country going through the ‘hardest moment’ in a generation
She praised the indomitable courage of Afghan women to stand up for their rights, despite facing a “serious” situation due to the repressive policies of the Taliban.
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Michelle Bachelet cited a ban on girls’ schooling, which has affected 1.1 million high school girls.
At the same time, strict hijab rules will be enforced under other similar orders; Women’s access to employment has been hampered, women’s participation in public and political life has been affected, and their freedom of movement has been severely restricted.
It has also affected their access to health services, livelihoods and humanitarian aid.
The High Commissioner stated that “what we are seeing today in Afghanistan is the institutional, systematic oppression of women.”
The call for compliance
The head of the UN agency expressed concern that the situation for Afghan women was deteriorating rapidly, which was already feared.
Treaty on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women Despite ratifying other international treaties, including, the Taliban leadership is far from fulfilling its international obligations.
“I urge those in power to respect their commitment to women’s rights, to establish an immediate and meaningful dialogue with Afghan women and to listen to their voices,” she said.
United Nations Mission
The senior UN official expressed concern over the amnesty granted to former officers and security forces, noting that the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) human rights service had been arbitrarily arrested and detained. And there are credible reports of extrajudicial killings.
UNAMA continues to document the impact of attacks on civilians, including schools, markets and public transport networks.
“Ethnic and religious minorities are also being directly attacked,” said Michelle Bachelet. I urge the authorities to take responsibility for protecting all Afghans under their control. ”
Violation of rights
Michelle Bachelet also expressed concern about alleged human rights abuses and mistreatment of civilians in the northern provinces, including arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial killings and torture.
He also called on all parties to the conflict to “exercise restraint and fully respect international human rights law.”
Despite the Taliban administration’s continued commitment to respecting human rights, the space for civilians has been shrinking rapidly and dramatically since taking control of Kabul.
The head of human rights noted that “restrictions on freedom of opinion and expression, the right to peaceful assembly, and the right to participate in public affairs have had a devastating effect on individuals and communities.”
Meanwhile, humanitarian and economic crises continue to have devastating effects on all Afghan lives.
Amid rising unemployment, 93 percent of households are facing high levels of food insecurity, with devastating effects on women-led households, the elderly, the disabled and children.
At the same time, access to basic services, including health care, is declining.
World Health Organization According to, about 1 crore 81 lakh people are in need of health services, including 31 lakh 90 thousand children under the age of five.
“The apparent absence of a national mechanism for monitoring human rights violations further complicates this, severely limiting the ability of the Afghan people to provide basic security,” said Michelle Bachelet.
These concerns have been exacerbated by the recent dissolution of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. The commission was a major national mechanism to help Afghans facing human rights abuses.
The High Commissioner for Human Rights said, “I urge the establishment of an independent human rights mechanism, which can receive complaints from the public, and which can address these issues by informing the authorities.”
Emphasis on cooperation
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He assured that UNAMA, for advocating for the promotion and protection of human rights for all Afghans, documenting human rights abuses, outlining rights trends, raising personal issues and establishing accountability, Will continue to work together.
About 83 percent of Afghans over the age of 18 are unemployed. With basic incomes declining and food prices steadily rising, access to food has become a major concern for displaced people in Afghanistan.
“Representation of all Afghans will be important in policy and decision-making processes,” she said, adding that this requires “listening to the voices of women and girls” as well as “paying attention to the cries of religious and ethnic minorities”.
He emphasized the need for the present administration to work in a coordinated manner to maintain the human rights of all in the country, maintaining a new space for civil society and the support of the international community.