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Afghanistan: UN, women made ‘invisible’ by abuses by the Taliban

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(ANSA) – KABUL, MAY 26 – In Kabul, the restrictions imposed by the Taliban government on women aim to make them “invisible” in society. This was stated by Richard Bennett, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Afghanistan.

Since returning to power last summer, the Taliban have imposed a series of prohibitions on the entire civil society, most of which are aimed at subjecting women to their fundamentalist conception of Islam. Teenage girls, still students, were excluded from secondary schools, while women were forced to leave government jobs, as well as being unable to travel alone.

In early May, Afghanistan’s supreme leader and Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada issued an ordinance requiring women to cover themselves fully in public. Faces too must be well hidden by the burqa.

The Taliban authorities “do not recognize the extent and gravity of the human rights violations they commit”, underlined the UN rapporteur.

Bennett held the press conference as the armed Taliban dispersed a demonstration of women calling for the reopening of secondary schools for girls.

“There were about 45 women and girls at the demonstration, but then the Taliban forces forcibly dispersed us,” Munisa Mubariz, organizer of the rally, told AFP. (HANDLE).

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Source: Ansa

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