Speaking at the UN Security Council convened to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, Naseer Ahmad Faiq, the Chargé d’Affaires of the Afghan Permanent Mission to the UN, said that Afghan women are denied their fundamental freedoms and rights in Afghanistan under the Taliban rule.
In his address to the UN Security Council, on Tuesday, September 27, Faiq noted that since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, Afghan women and girls have been systematically excluded from all economic, social, and political arenas.
He underlined that the door to classrooms should be opened for girls and sought the restoration of fundamental liberties and rights for women and girls, who have been subjected to the Taliban’s restrictive edicts for over a year.
According to the Afghan representative, the Taliban’s extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary detentions and arrests, and mistreatment of former government officials and security forces are some of the flagrant human rights violations of the Taliban.
He argued that these are contrary to their commitments, punishable under the International Criminal Court for blatant abuses of human rights.
Faiq also said that the continued activities and presence of terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIS have exacerbated the security in Afghanistan, the region, and beyond.
He continued by saying that the Taliban’s pledges to combat terrorism had been flagrantly betrayed by the Al-Qaeda leader’s presence and killing in the heart of Afghanistan, Kabul. He reiterated that the Afghan people have fallen victim to terrorism in the past and present.
Terrorism, according to Fayeq, recognizes no boundaries and there are no good or bad terrorists, calling for measures to combat all forms and manifestations of terrorism.