Afghanistan: Women, activists, journalists and academics urgently need protection from Taliban

Reacting to the collapse of the Afghan government following the Taliban seizure of power and the chaotic scenes at Kabul airport as thousands attempt to leave the country, Agnès Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International, said declared:

“What we are witnessing in Afghanistan is a tragedy that should have been foreseen and avoided. It will only get worse without swift and decisive action by the international community. Thousands of Afghans are at serious risk of retaliation from the Taliban – from academics and journalists to women human rights activists and defenders – and risk being left behind with a deeply uncertain future.

“Foreign governments must take all necessary measures to ensure the safe passage out of Afghanistan to all those who are at risk of being targeted by the Taliban. This includes speeding up visas, providing support for Kabul airport evacuations, resettlement and resettlement, and the suspension of all forced evictions and returns. We urge the United States to provide continued security at the airport while the evacuations are underway.

“As the Afghan people face a new reality, the UN Security Council must also pass an emergency resolution calling on the Taliban – who now effectively control the country – to respect international human rights law. man, protect civilians and end retaliatory attacks, as negotiations on transitional arrangements continue.

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