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International Orgs to countries: Don’t compromise Afghan women’s rights at third Doha talks

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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

A group of international human rights organizations released a letter to countries participating in the Doha meeting, stating that “the world is dangerously close to accepting the legitimacy of Taliban rule.”

These organizations emphasized that the unified message from countries in Doha to the Taliban should be that “the rights of Afghan women are non-negotiable.”

On Thursday, the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security issued an open letter about the rights of Afghan women addressed to members of the UN Security Council and the General Assembly. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are among the signatories of this letter.

These organizations argue that the Taliban are increasingly restricting the space for Afghan women and girls, indicating that the global community’s approach to Afghanistan has failed to prevent the systematic repression of women’s rights by the Taliban.

They called on the UN to prioritize the issue of Afghan women at the third Doha meeting and to reject all the conditions set by the Taliban.

The letter states that “all restrictions violating the rights of Afghan women and girls, including education, work, and freedom of dress, must be immediately and unconditionally lifted.”

These human rights organizations demand the guarantee of “full, equal, and meaningful participation of Afghan women” in all aspects of public life and decision-making processes, particularly in the upcoming Doha meeting.

These human rights organizations also demand the lifting of the ban on Afghan women working in international organizations based in Afghanistan. The letter urges countries to adopt a unified stance.

Supporting Afghan women activists, these organizations stated: “The international community must refrain from giving the Taliban a UN seat.” They expressed concern over legitimizing Taliban rule.

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