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Girls’ education alone won’t secure Taliban recognition: US Special Envoy

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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

Rina Amiri, the US special representative for women and human rights in Afghanistan, underscored at the Doha Forum that granting education to women and girls should not be considered a basis for recognizing the Taliban.

During a segment focused on women and girls’ education challenges in Afghanistan, Rina Amiri clarified that the term used is “normalization,” not “recognition.” She emphasized that granting education to girls is not merely a checkbox for recognizing the Taliban but a complex process that requires international coordination, with much work ahead for the Taliban to achieve the normalization they desire.

“We use the term normalization, not recognition, and it’s not simply a check-off of giving girls and education for recognition; this is a process in which we are coordinating with the rest of the international community, and there is much to be done for the Taliban to get that type of normalization that they seek,” she said.

Amiri called on the Taliban to engage in dialogues with Afghan women and men both inside and outside the country to address their demands for education and other rights, expressing disappointment in the Taliban’s reluctance to do so.

Meanwhile, a meeting addressing the situation of Afghan girls and women is scheduled to be held at the United Nations Security Council on Monday, December 11th, in a closed-door session.

During this session, the United Nations Security Council is anticipated to scrutinize the proposals outlined in the report submitted by Feridun Sinirlioglu, the Independent Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Mr. Sinirlioglu’s report was officially presented to the United Nations Security Council members on Wednesday, November 14th, carrying the signature of Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

In his report, Mr Sinirlioglu highlights the significance of honouring international commitments and initiating a constitution-building process to normalize global relations with the Taliban. The report also calls for renewed dialogues among Afghans to establish an inclusive government, aligning with the presented proposals.

Meanwhile, Heather Barr, from Human Rights Watch’s Women’s Rights Division, criticized the closed-door nature of the session, asserting that the outcomes will significantly affect the fate of Afghan girls and women who deserve transparency.

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