Heather Barr accuses UN agencies of “unprincipled concessions” to the Taliban

Heather Barr, associate women’s rights director of Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused the United Nations agencies in Afghanistan of giving “unprincipled concessions” to the Taliban.

Reacting to UNICEF’s response to the Taliban’s ban on educational activities of international organizations, Barr wrote in a tweet on Thursday that “UN faces huge dilemmas in Afghanistan.”

“UN agencies now find themselves simultaneously making unprincipled concessions to Taliban demands-/banning female workers—& facing further Taliban attacks on their programs,” Barr said.

“Lesson? Unprincipled acts to placate the Taliban get you nothing,” She added.

On Wednesday, Sources from UNICEF, Save the Children and ACTED confirmed to KabulNow that the Taliban had banned the educational activities of international organizations in Afghanistan.

A source within the Taliban has also confirmed the new restriction and said UNICEF is exempt from the ban.

No specific reasons for the ban have been provided by the source.