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G7 leaders call on the Taliban to end human rights abuses and engage in ‘credible’ national dialogue

The G7 leaders in their summit (19 to 21 May) in Hiroshima, Japan, condemned the Taliban’s “systematic violation” of human rights in Afghanistan.

In their concluding communiqué, the leaders of US, Japan, Germany, Britain, France and Italy, said:

“We express our strongest opposition to the Taliban’s systematic violations on human rights and fundamental freedoms, and call for the immediate reversal of unacceptable decisions, especially those against women and girls.”

The G7 leaders called on the Taliban leaders to reverse their “unacceptable decisions”, noting “grave concern” over the humanitarian situation and instability in Afghanistan, as well as terrorism.

“We call on the Taliban to uphold its counterterrorism commitments and to ensure the territory of Afghanistan cannot be used to threaten or attack any country, to plan or finance terrorist acts, or to shelter and train terrorists.

“All Afghans must enjoy full, equal, and meaningful participation in all spheres of public life, and have access to humanitarian assistance and basic services. 

“To remedy the persistent lack of political inclusivity and representation, we urge the Taliban to take significant steps to engage in credible, inclusive and Afghan-led national dialogue, in which all Afghans can be involved. We recognize the need for conveying unified messages to the Taliban in coordination with other international partners.”

Last month, the G7 Foreign Ministers also met in Japan, calling on the Taliban to lift restrictions on women and girls.

The Taliban has not commented.