Afghanistan’s representative in Geneva, Nasir Ahmad Andisha, said the Taliban’s actions over the last ten months had convinced the international community that interaction with the Taliban was impossible and nothing more than a “dead end” and “deep disappointment”.

Andisha told the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday that the international community had tried every possible way to engage with the Taliban, but that “broken promises” and deep disappointment brings it all to a “dead end”.

The Taliban, he said, are “violent extremists” who oppose and challenge all human values.

Afghanistan’s representative in Geneva also stated that the Taliban in Afghanistan had denied women of their most basic rights, and that women were no longer participating in public gatherings and had become virtually invisible in society and social life.

Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, also told the meeting that information received about the Taliban’s treatment of battle wounded, rape of civilians in the northern provinces, and incarceration and killing of civilians by the Taliban was concerning.

Bachelet said in a statement that the Taliban’s recent acts against women constituted an “institutionalized, systematic’ oppression of Afghan women”.

She went on to explain that the Taliban’s policy toward women is alarming, and that women currently have no opportunity to engage in public gatherings.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).