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The Latest Ban on Women’s Aid Workers Forced the United Nations to Make an “Appalling” Choice: UN

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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

On Tuesday, the United Nations in Afghanistan reiterated its condemnation of the de facto authorities’ latest ban on women aid workers.

The statement called the curb on women as the discriminatory measures implemented by the Taliban authorities to severely restrict women and girls’ participation in most areas of public and daily life in Afghanistan. 

Once again, the UN called the ban unlawful under international law, including the Charter, so the United Nationals cannot comply, the statement added.

The UN also said that the lasted ban on women aid workers forced the UN to make an appalling choice amid a dire humanitarian situation in the country.

“Through this ban, the Taliban de facto authorities seek to force the United Nations into making an appalling choice between staying and delivering in support of the Afghan people and standing by the norms and principles we are duty-bound to uphold,” the statement read.

The UN also warned the Taliban of the negative impact and consequences of their decision for the people of Afghanistan.

“It should be clear that any negative consequences of this crisis for the Afghan people will be the responsibility of the de facto authorities.”

Roza Otunbayeva, the UNAMA’s director, is now conducting an operational evaluation of the organization, during which time it will conduct any necessary consultations until May 5, 2023.

During this period, the UN in Afghanistan will conduct the necessary consultations, make required operational adjustments, and accelerate contingency planning for all possible outcomes, said the statement.

The UNAMA has instructed all its male and female employees to avoid UN offices. However, the organization will continue lifesaving, time-critical humanitarian activities in line with humanitarian principles. 

The UNAMA described the latest ban as an international act of discrimination against women and claimed it makes it difficult for people to obtain long-term and lifesaving aid.

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