Human Rights Situation in Afghanistan
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Faiq: Human Rights Situation in Afghanistan “Extremely” Concerning

Addressing a meeting of the 77th UN General Assembly (UNGA), Chargé d’Affaires of Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the United Nations, Naseer Ahmad Faiq, described the situation of human rights in the country as “extremely concerning.” He delivered his speech at the meeting on Tuesday, November 01.

“The situation of women and girls are highly concerning. The systematic imposition of discriminatory policies by the Taliban to limit fundamental rights and freedoms of women and girls, including the freedom of movement and the rights to education, work, and public participation, are against the principles of international human rights treaties and conventions,” Faiq said in his speech.

He also accused the ruling Taliban in Afghanistan of implementing gender apartheid against women, denying their fundamental rights and vital contribution to society.

At the 7th UNGA’s meeting, delegates from different countries discussed the work of the Human Rights Council.

Speaking at the meeting, Afghanistan’s current representative to the UN accused the Taliban of extrajudicial executions; arbitrary detentions; collective punishments; violence against peaceful protesters, journalists, and former security forces.

He also said that the Taliban have forcibly displaced civilians in Afghanistan.

According to him, the Taliban have reversed all the advancements Afghanistan had made over the past two decades and made this country the worst place for women.

To effectively address impunity and prevent the widespread gross violations of human rights in Afghanistan, monitoring and reporting mechanisms must be strengthened, including through the United Nations Assistance Mission (UNAMA) and the Special Rapporteur, Faiq recommended at the meeting.

Faiq added that justice, peace, and security can be ensured only by forming an inclusive and accountable government based on the rule of law, justice, and the will of the people.