The U.N. has accused the de facto authorities of detaining, harassing, and imposing “severe” restrictions on the movements of its female employees working with the Agency in the country.
“This is the most recent in a series of discriminatory – and unlawful – measures implemented by the de facto authorities to severely restrict women and girls’ participation in most areas of public and daily life in Afghanistan,” According to a U.N. report on the country’s human rights condition in south Asia.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) warned in its report that the measures would have terrible consequences for Afghanistan’s prosperity, stability, peace and prospects.
“UNAMA is concerned about increasing restrictions on civic space across Afghanistan,” said Fiona Frazer, the Agency’s human rights chief.
“Arbitrary arrests and detention of former government officials and Afghanistan National Security and Defense Force members also occurred throughout February, March and April,” added the report.
The Taliban have been publicly executed, beaten, and stoned since assuming control in Afghanistan, according to a separate U.N. report that was made public on Monday. The organization urged the de facto leaders to end these practices.
The Taliban formerly forbade girls from continuing their education beyond the sixth grade and excluded them from most public and professional life. They forbade Afghan women from working for local and non-governmental organizations in December; this rule did not apply to U.N. agencies at the time.