The Taliban’s recent decision to ban women from working for UN offices has caused international concern, with the United Nations condemning the move as violating international laws. However, Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s spokesperson called it “an internal values-based issue of Afghanistan” that should be respected by all sides.
“The Islamic Emirate does not want to create obstacles for the United Nations; rather, it wants to make it clear that this is an internal issue of Afghanistan, which does not create problem for anyone and should be respected by all sides,” Zabihullah Mujahid stated in a statement on Wednesday.
“This decision does not mean that there is discrimination, or creates obstacles to the functions of the United Nations,” he added.
The Taliban’s decision has resulted in the UN ordering all its employees to refrain from attending UN offices in Afghanistan. The UN Mission in Afghanistan said in a statement on Tuesday that the Taliban’s ban contravenes international laws, including the UN Charter, and would compel the United Nations to choose between continuing operations in Afghanistan and upholding its principles.
The organization has further warned that any adverse outcomes arising from the Taliban’s ban would be the group’s sole responsibility.
However, Mujahid blamed the humanitarian crisis in the country on continued sanctions and pressure imposed on them due to financial and banking system restrictions. “Considering the needs and the current situation of Afghanistan, it is necessary that the UN member countries resolve the problem of freezing Afghan assets, banking, travel bans and other restrictions so that Afghanistan can progress in the economic, political and security areas,” he said.
The recent decision of the Taliban has raised concerns that the access of the needy people to humanitarian aid will be impeded, especially considering the fact that 28 million people are in dire need of assistance.