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UN can’t dictate countries’ special reps’ attendance at third Doha civil society meeting

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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

The spokesperson for the United Nations Secretary-General commented on the absence of special representatives from some countries in the third Doha meeting with Afghan civil society representatives, stating that the UN is not in a position to dictate which representatives should attend such meetings.

Stephane Dujarric emphasized that the third Doha meeting was not an intra-Afghan dialogue.

The exclusion of women and civil society representatives from the third Doha meeting became contentious during its proceedings. Critics argued that the UN granted legitimacy to the Taliban by their presence in Doha.

Regarding the non-invitation of civil society representatives, the UN spokesperson told reporters on Tuesday that the meeting was between special representatives of countries and the Taliban and not an intra-Afghan dialogue.

Dujarric stated that each special representative could have addressed human rights, women’s rights, and drug issues.

The absence of women’s representation at the third Doha meeting amidst ongoing human rights violations in Afghanistan has sparked international concern. Excluding women from such discussions undermines gender equality efforts and future governance inclusivity.

Human rights organizations criticize the decision, calling it a missed opportunity to address critical issues affecting Afghan women directly. They emphasize the importance of inclusive peace negotiations that safeguard the rights and dignity of all citizens, especially women disproportionately affected by conflict.

As discussions on Afghanistan’s future progress, the international community insists on inclusive, rights-based approaches for sustainable peace and development. The exclusion of women’s voices in Doha highlights broader challenges in achieving equitable and lasting solutions for the country’s complex socio-political landscape.

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