Rights activists in Istanbul speak out against violations of women’s rights in Afghanistan

August 30, 2022 4:59 p.m. STI

Kabul [Afghanistan]Aug 30 (ANI): Amid growing atrocities against Afghan women and violation of their basic rights, several human rights activists recently held a rally in Istanbul and urged the international community to solve their problems, especially the girls and their access to education under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
The remark comes as Afghan women and girls continue to suffer under the leadership of the Islamic Emirate since taking power last August.
“How long will the problem of Afghan women continue like this? interviewed Asifa Saba, a human rights defender who attended the event, as quoted by Khaama Press.
However, condemning the situation of women in Afghanistan, another women’s rights defender said: “The rally, which took place in Ankara, will not bring any results and I am sure it was just at the level of a meeting,” Zholia Parsa said.
“The situation of Afghan women has received no attention,” she said.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released a report the previous month outlining the human rights situation in Afghanistan since the Taliban took over.
The report summarizes UNAMA’s findings regarding the protection of civilians, extrajudicial killings, torture and ill-treatment, arbitrary arrests and detentions, the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan, fundamental freedoms and the situation in the places detention, according to Khaama Press. .

The Taliban regime in Afghanistan has drawn sharp criticism around the world for a decree banning girls from going to school beyond the sixth grade.
A decision by the Taliban has prevented girls from returning to secondary school, meaning a generation of girls will not complete their full 12 years of basic education. At the same time, access to justice for victims of gender-based violence has been limited by the dissolution of reporting channels, justice mechanisms and dedicated shelters.
Earlier, Human Rights Officer Michele Bachelet also expressed concern over allegations of human rights violations and abuses against civilians in the northern provinces, including arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial killings and torture, calling on all parties to the conflict to “show restraint and fully respect international human rights law”.
“Restrictions on freedom of opinion and expression, the right to peaceful assembly and the right to participate in public affairs have all had a chilling effect on individuals and communities,” the leader said.
Despite repeated commitments by the Taliban authorities to respect human rights, civic space has shrunk rapidly and dramatically since their return to Kabul.
The plight of Afghan women continues to be deplorable in the country. Contrary to Taliban claims, girls were barred from attending school beyond the sixth grade on March 23 and a decree against women’s dress code was issued after a month. There are restrictions on women’s movement, education and freedom of expression that threaten their survival.
In addition, the lack of female medical personnel has prevented women from accessing basic medical facilities, and international donors, who fund 90% of health clinics, are reluctant to send money for fear that funds will be lost. diverted.
Around 80% of women working in the media have lost their jobs and nearly 18 million women in the country are struggling for health, education and social rights. (ANI)