Afghanistan Highlights: Taliban breaking promises including over women, says UN
Afghanistan-Taliban Highlights: "Importantly, and in contradiction to assurances that the Taliban would uphold women's rights, over the past three weeks, women have instead been progressively excluded from the public sphere," UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in her speech.
The Taliban flag is painted on a wall outside the American embassy compound in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sept. 11, 2021. (AP)
Afghanistan crisis Highlights: The United Nations’ human rights chief criticised Monday the Taliban’s record since seizing power in Afghanistan, saying stated commitments did not match realities on the ground such as the status of women.
“Importantly, and in contradiction to assurances that the Taliban would uphold women’s rights, over the past three weeks, women have instead been progressively excluded from the public sphere,” UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said in her speech.
Meanwhile, in a first since the Taliban’s takeover, a foreign commercial flight landed in Kabul Monday. According to Reuters, a special chartered commercial flight of Pakistan International Airlines carried officials from the World Bank and journalists. The aircraft later returned to Islamabad.
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A man walks with a child through Fort Bliss' DoÃ±a Ana Village where Afghan refugees are being housed, in New Mexico, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. (AP)
The United States has halted all evacuation flights from Afghanistan after discovering a limited measles outbreak among refugees arriving in the country. The decision was made on the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which cited "health safety concerns".
Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that all countries should engage with the Taliban to deliver the message that the Afghan people should live in peace under an inclusive government that respects basic human rights. Guterres highlighted that the country should not become a sanctuary for terrorism anymore. The UN rights office on Friday had said that the Taliban response to peaceful marches in Afghanistan has been increasingly violent, with authorities using live ammunition, batons and whips and causing the deaths of at least four protesters.
On the other hand, India on Friday called for an “inclusive dispensation” in Afghanistan, representing all sections of society. Underlining that it was its “immediate neighbour and a friend to its people”, New Delhi said “the current situation is of direct concern to us”. This was India’s first response to the announcement of the Taliban government, days after the Pakistan ISI chief reached Kabul and handpicked the appointments.
Meanwhile, Pakistan on Friday said that they hope the new interim Taliban government will bring "peace, security and stability" to the war-torn country and work towards taking care of humanitarian and development needs of the Afghan people.
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