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EU Sanctions Two Acting Ministers of Afghan Interim Government

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
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The European Union Council announced on Tuesday it had sanctioned nine individuals and three entities, including two Taliban Ministers allegedly accused of committing serious human rights violations and abuses.

According to EU Council, two acting Taliban ministers for Higher Education, Neda Mohammad Nadim, and for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, Mohammad Khalid Hanafi, who are behind the decrees banning women from higher education and gender-segregated practices in public spaces, are among the nine sanctioned individuals.

The announcement comes right before March 8, which marks International Women’s Day. while announcing the sanctions list, Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the EU, said the time has come to move from words to action, and punish those individuals who have been oppressing women wherever they are.

“The listed individuals and entities will now be subject to an asset freeze in the EU and will be subject to a travel ban to the EU. Moreover, persons and entities in the EU will be prohibited from making funds available, either directly or indirectly, to those listed,” the EU said in a statement.

Last year, the Ministry of Higher Education of Afghanistan announced a complete ban on female students’ university education, which prompted massive reactions from the international community. Ever since then, the UN agencies, foreign governments, and the people of Afghanistan have been calling on the Islamic Emirate authorities to remove the bans, nothing has changed for the better. Moreover, the Taliban officials describe it as a ‘temporary ban’.

While speaking at a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, Minister Nadim said that the closure of the universities for girls is not permanent. Contrary to the EU’ Council’s decision, Mr. Nadim said, the group will not accept others’ recommendations regarding girls’ education.

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