Members of the United Nations Security Council released a joint statement calling on the Taliban to cease policies that impede Afghan women’s and girls’ human rights and fundamental freedoms.

The United Nations Security Council released a statement on Tuesday, May 24 that specifically mentioned that Security Council is deeply concerned regarding the Taliban’s “restrictions on education, employment, freedom of movement, and the full, equal, and meaningful participation of women in public life.”

The UN Security Council’s statement comes just days after the Taliban ordered female Afghan television presenters to cover their faces when performing on air.

The Taliban order is the group’s most recent action against civil society activists, with many Taliban directives targeting women and girls.

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

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”. 

Discussions on the draft of the statement took two weeks, according to diplomats, since China and Russia disagreed to the focus on human rights in Afghanistan.

As a result, Security Council members included a paragraph to the statement, expressing their concerns over the humanitarian, political, economic, social, and security situation in Afghanistan.

Concerns about drug trafficking, “continued terrorist attacks targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure”, and the need to restore the financial and banking system were also highlighted in the statement.

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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).