Rina Amiri, the US Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights in Afghanistan, voiced concern about the “injustice” of the Taliban, claiming that since the Taliban marginalized women who practiced law, they are now forced to beg food for their families.
The US official wrote in a string of tweets on Wednesday, November 23, that “One year ago today, the Taliban dissolved the Afghan Independent Bar [Association] which was a model of gender inclusion.”
“Now women are sidelined from practicing law & many women judges & lawyers are forced to beg for food for their children rather than use their skills,” Rina Amiri slammed the Taliban saying “Such injustice.”
After the Taliban took control of the country last year, the group’s leadership dissolved the Afghanistan Independent Bar Association on the 23rd of November.
The Afghan Independent Bar Association sought to advance and defend social justice, the rule of law, and the application of Islamic law in Afghanistan and was founded to foster new generations of legal professionals, improve access to fair trials, and fight against administrative corruption.
The Bar Association of Afghanistan had over 6,000 members, with women making up almost a quarter of the members, according to one of the members.
Many defense attorneys said that the current administration had revoked their licenses and stressed that they are not permitted to work on legal or criminal cases until they receive a new license from the Taliban Ministry of Justice.