The Taliban dismissed the United Nations Security Council’s call to lift stringent restrictions on Afghan women calling it as “unfounded” on Friday.

On Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council officially and unanimously passed a resolution condemning the Taliban for restricting girls’ and women’s access to school, government jobs, and freedom of movement since regaining control last year.

The Security Council called on the Taliban to “swiftly reverse” their policies restricting human rights and women’s and girls’ freedoms.

Hibatullah Akhundzada, Afghanistan’s supreme leader has also ordered women to cover themselves in public, even their faces, prompting international condemnation.

The UN Security Council has also expressed “deep concern” and called on the Taliban to reopen the schools for all female students “without further delay”. 

The Taliban’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected the Security Council’s concerns as “unfounded” and reaffirmed the government’s commitment to Afghan women’s rights.

The statement of Ministry of Foreign Affairs read as “Since the people of Afghanistan are predominantly Muslim, the Afghan government considers the observance of Islamic hijab to be in line with the religious and cultural practices of society.”

Abdul Qahar Balkhi, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Taliban, shared the Ministry’s stance on the UN Security Council’s statement of 25th May, on Friday, May 27.

The statement of the Foreign Ministry of the Taliban comes at a time when the UN Special Rapporteur on Afghanistan stated that the Taliban’s goal is for women to be completely eliminated or rendered invisible in society.

“I expressed serious concern about the deterioration of human rights across the country, and the erasure of women from public life is especially concerning,” Bennett said at the conclusion of his 11-day visit to Afghanistan to assess the human rights.

No country, yet, has recognized the new Taliban de facto administration.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).