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G7 Condemns Violation of Women’s Rights in Afghanistan

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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

In a statement, the Group of Seven (G7) leaders denounced human rights abuses, particularly the recent restrictions on Afghan women’s work and education.

The G7 leaders called for lifting the restriction on Afghan women and girls during their annual summit, which took place in Hiroshima, Japan, on Friday. They also underlined the necessity of participating in people in society and government and the beginning of a national discourse.

“We call on the Taliban to uphold its counterterrorism commitments and to ensure the territory of Afghanistan cannot be used to threaten or attack any country, to plan or finance terrorist acts, or to shelter and train terrorists,” the statement read.

We express our most vigorous opposition to the Taliban’s systematic violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms and call for the immediate reversal of unacceptable decisions, especially those against women and girls,” the statement said.

The G7 leaders also said, “All Afghans must enjoy full, equal, and meaningful participation in all spheres of public life and have access to humanitarian assistance and basic services.”

“We call upon the Taliban to respect UNSCR 2681/2023 and the UN Charter, including Article 8, and to ensure unrestricted operations of the UN in Afghanistan. To remedy the persistent lack of political inclusivity and representation, we urge the Taliban to take significant steps to engage in credible, inclusive and Afghan-led national dialogue, in which all Afghans can be involved,” the statement added.

Since August 2021, the de facto authorities introduced several decrees that restricted women’s presence in public spaces, education and working with international organizations.

Despite massive condemnations by regional and international organizations, the group has not reversed the restrictions on women’s rights, including education and work.

Meanwhile, restrictions on aid workers working with UN agencies have disrupted humanitarian assistance since most UN employees are female, particularly in nutrition and health projects.

On the other side, international donors have decreased their funding for Afghanistan, which will increase the humanitarian crisis.

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