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Protecting Human Rights, a Serious Priority in Afghanistan: Ned Price

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi
Nizamuddin Rezahi is a journalist and editor for Khaama Press. You may follow him @nizamrezahi on Twitter.

US Department of State Spokesperson Net Price criticized Afghanistan’s Taliban regime for failing to respect human rights and abiding by the commitments it made to the United States and the people of Afghanistan at the Doha peace talks.  

During a press conference on Monday, Price said, “human rights is the foremost priority for our engagements with the Taliban, and we remind them of the commitments they have made to the United States and the people of Afghanistan.

Furthermore, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres, during a separate conference said, “a key aspect in relation to human rights, ensure the human rights, in particular women and girls’ rights, the right of women to work, the right of girls to attend school at all levels without discrimination in Afghanistan.”

Following the recent public punishment by the de facto authorities of Afghanistan in several provinces, they have come under serious criticism from different stakeholders including the United Nations and the US for the act. Public punishment, according to the Taliban includes Public execution, flogging, and stoning.

Over the past couple of weeks, they have lashed many Afghan men and women convicted of different crimes in Parwan, Farah, and Paktiya provinces respectively. Based on the Taliban’s interpretation of Islam and the Sharia laws, it is absolutely fine to conduct public punishment to set samples for others.

Meanwhile, the international community’s emphasis on upholding basic and universal human rights, including, women’s and girls’ rights to work and attend schools and that of religious minorities, in particular. Mohammad Khalid Hanafi the acting minister of vice and virtue announced on Monday that women’s rights defined by the world are not acceptable for the ruling regime, they implement the rights Islam had defined for women.

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