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China urges Taliban to respect basic rights of Afghans, including women and ethnic groups

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Representative of China expressed hope at the UN Human Rights Council session that the Taliban would respect the fundamental rights of Afghans, including women, children, and ethnic groups.

Jiang Han urged the Taliban to make positive efforts to safeguard the interests of the Afghan people.

Without naming specific countries, China’s representative blamed some nations for exacerbating Afghanistan’s current humanitarian conditions, describing long-standing blockades and unilateral sanctions as “irrational,” causing severe harm to Afghan rights and wellbeing.

China voiced deep concern over the current situation in Afghanistan and advocated for a flexible and pragmatic approach to supporting Afghan leadership in addressing the urgent needs of the Afghan people.

Since the Taliban’s resurgence in August 2021, Afghan women have faced severe challenges, including the curtailing of their basic rights. Restrictions on education have forced many girls and women out of schools and universities, undermining decades of progress in female education.

Employment opportunities for women have drastically diminished, with many sectors closed to them or only accessible under restrictive conditions. This has led to widespread economic hardship among Afghan women and their families.

Freedom of movement for women has been severely restricted, limiting their ability to participate in public life, access healthcare, and engage in essential activities.

Ethnic suppression remains a critical issue, exacerbating inequalities and marginalizing ethnic groups and women who face compounded discrimination and barriers to basic rights.

International outcry and diplomatic efforts have intensified, urging the Taliban to respect human rights, particularly those of women and girls, and ensure their inclusion and protection in Afghanistan’s future governance.

Efforts at the UN Human Rights Council underscore global determination to hold the Taliban accountable for human rights violations and support initiatives aimed at restoring fundamental freedoms for all Afghans, regardless of gender or ethnicity.

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