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UN Experts: Arbitrary detentions of women must stop in Afghanistan

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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

Written By: Hakim Bigzaad

United Nations experts expressed their concern in a recent report about the “arbitrary” detention of women and girls by the Taliban in Afghanistan. They have stated that detained girls in the Taliban regime’s prisons have been subjected to physical violence.

In this report, which was published on Friday, February 2nd, it is mentioned: “We urge the Taliban to immediately lift the restrictions imposed on women’s dress and halt the detention of girls on this pretext.”

These experts, numbering around ten, have called on the Taliban government in Afghanistan to uphold international human rights principles, including eliminating all forms of discrimination against women, as Afghanistan is a party to this convention.

The report indicates that arbitrary detention of girls due to dress code violations which began in early January, was mainly concentrated in the western Kabul region which is predominately inhabited by Hazara residents and then continued in other parts of the city, including Khair Khana, which is predominantly inhabited by Tajik residents. The experts have also mentioned the detention of girls in the provinces of Bamyan, Daikundi, Panjshir, Balkh, and Kunduz.

These experts further added, “Women and girls detained were transferred to the police stations where they received only one meal a day and continued to face physical torture.”

The recent report by UNAMA in the past two months of 2023 also indicates that there is no responsive body to address gender-based violence in Afghanistan.

According to UN experts, the Taliban regime has delegated the responsibility of women’s clothing to men and threatens to punish men who do not enforce the veil, which effectively erases women from society.

UN experts also emphasize that since the re-establishment of the Taliban into power, women’s lives have been significantly restricted, and they have been excluded from public spaces. They argue that the Taliban must be held accountable for their actions against women.

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