KABUL, Afghanistan – At least four American senators voiced their concerns over human rights violations in Afghanistan in a letter to the Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, saying “we must not stand by as the Taliban seeks to erase the human rights of Afghan women and girls.”
Robert Menendez, James E. Risch, Jeanne Shaheen and Joni K. Ernst were the senators who wrote to the UN Secretary General, urging the intergovernmental organization to take “meaningful actions” in defense of human rights of Afghans.
“The United Nations has an opportunity to take meaningful actions that will send a clear, unequivocal message to the world that its member nations will defend the human rights of Afghans, particularly women and girls,” the letter reads, as TOLOnews quoted.
They say that the Islamic Emirate leadership take advantage of the UN travel exception outside Afghanistan, building diplomatic relations with other countries.
“The UN travel exemption has failed to produce meaningful dialogue with the Taliban nor spur them to take concrete actions to demonstrate their respect for the human rights and freedoms of the Afghan people,” the letter reads.
“Moreover, Taliban leaders have misused the exemption, traveling to Beijing and Moscow in efforts to establish diplomatic ties.”
According to the letter, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) voted last month to once again roll over the travel ban exemptions for 13 Islamic Emirate leaders, reinstating the travel ban only on two Ministers of Education following the Islamic Emirate’s refusal to open secondary schools for girls.
Emphasizing on the ever-increasing restrictions and ongoing violation of human rights by the Taliban leadership, these senators urged the United Nations to exclude Taliban of any seat at the United Nations.
“We urge you to work to ensure the Taliban does not receive a seat at the United Nations when the UN Credentials Committee meets this September to determine diplomatic representation for Afghanistan,” the letter further added.
Meanwhile, a number of political analysts highlight the need for a strategic approach of the Taliban leadership to engage with the world leaders and international communities.
“The ruling leaders in Afghanistan should prepare a mechanism so that they are not questioned by the outside world, and they should focus on a political negotiation to address this problem,” said Javid Sangdil, political analyst,” as local media quoted.
“Afghanistan’s issues should be resolved specifically inside Afghanistan, and these difficulties should not provide the chance for the international world to criticize Afghanistan,” said Faiz Mohammad Zaland, university lecturer.
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Earlier this week, political analyst said the current situation in Afghanistan could get worse if the Taliban leadership will not consider an inclusive government, saying such could also pave the way for the international community to offer formal recognition to the group.
“If the people’s demand to form an inclusive government is not taken into consideration, the situation will not only worsen, but the government won’t be recognized by the international community,” said Sayed Sajad Sajadi, international relations expert.
“The international community and the people of Afghanistan want the current government to include diverse layers of educated youth and representatives from different ethnic groups,” said Ahmad Monib Rasa, political analyst.
But the so-called Islamic Emirate government has repeatedly defied the international community, saying its leadership has “fulfilled all the promises it made with the United States in the Doha Agreement.”
“The Islamic Emirate does not allow anyone to use the territory of Afghanistan against the United States and its allies,” said Spokesman of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Zabihullah Mujahid in a thread. “In addition, IEA is also committed to providing all the Shariah rights of its citizens.”
International community – including world leaders – laid down conditions before giving the Taliban a formal identity to lead the Afghanistan republic government: 1- Observe women’s right, 2- freedom of speech, 3- formation of inclusive government, 4- and never use of Afghan soil as a threat to other countries, including the United States.