ONU expresses grave concern: Taliban orders women to cover up and stay indoors in Afghanistan

This decision contradicts the numerous guarantees of respect and protection of the human rights of all Afghans, including those of women and girls, that the representatives of the Taliban regime have provided to the international community during the debates and negotiations of the last decade. ”
The de facto Afghan authorities warn that if they do not obey, they will punish the men in their families. The UN Mission points out that the measure contradicts the declarations of the Taliban guaranteeing respect for the human rights of women and of all Afghans.
Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers on Saturday ordered all women to wear the full-body burqa in public, a move that confirmed the worst fears of human rights advocates and is set to further complicate negotiations. with the already distrustful international community.
The decree states that women should leave the house only when necessary and that male relatives will face punishment that starts with a summons and goes as far as court hearings and jail time if women break the dress code.
It is the latest in a series of repressive decrees issued by the Taliban rulers, although not all of them have been implemented. Last month, for example, the Taliban banned women from traveling alone, but after a day of opposition, it has since been quietly ignored.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan expressed concern about what appeared to be a formal order to be implemented and enforced, adding that it would seek clarification from the Taliban on the decision, the de facto authority in that country, that women must cover their faces in public and stay at home, going out only when necessary.
The decree, which requires women to show only their eyes and recommends that they wear the full-body burqa, echoes similar restrictions imposed on women during the previous Taliban rule between 1996 and 2001.
“We want our sisters to live in dignity and safety,” said Khalid Hanafi, the Taliban’s acting vice and virtue minister.
Previously, the Taliban decided not to reopen schools for girls beyond the sixth grade, going back on a previous promise and choosing to reassure its die-hard base at the cost of further alienating the international community.
But this decree does not have the widespread support of leaders who are divided between pragmatists and hardliners.
The decision disrupted the Taliban’s efforts to gain recognition from potential international donors at a time when the country is in the throes of a worsening humanitarian crisis.
“For all dignified Afghan women wearing the hijab is necessary and the best hijab is the chador (head-to-toe burqa) which is part of our tradition and is respectful,” Shir Mohammad, a ministry official, said in a statement. of vice and virtue.
“Women who are not too old or too young should cover their face, except for their eyes,” he added. “Islamic principles and Islamic ideology are more important to us than anything else,” Hanafi said.
The provision also states that if women break the ordinance, the men in their families will be punished.
According to the information received by UNAMA, the measure is not a recommendation but a formal directive.
UNAMA noted that the decision contradicts repeated statements by the Taliban that they would respect and protect the human rights of all Afghans, including women and girls.
Said affirmations were made during the discussions and negotiations that the international community held with representatives of the Taliban in the last ten years.
When the Taliban took power in August 2021, they once again ensured that all women would enjoy their rights in the workplace, education and society.
Violations of women’s rights
Press releases on the new regulations report that women will have to wear burkas that cover them from head to toe, showing only their eyes, as they had to do during the period in which the Taliban ruled the country, from 1996 to 2001.
The new outrage against women is added to that of not allowing girls to attend secondary school, in force since last September, shortly after the Taliban took control of the country.
With that mandate, teachers were also prohibited from returning to their jobs.
Those moves were widely condemned around the world and undermined Taliban promises that they would follow international standards to build positive relationships globally.
UNAMA will seek clarification
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will request immediate meetings with the de facto Taliban authorities to seek clarification on this decision.”
In addition, he indicated that he will carry out consultations with members of the international community to determine the implications of this order.
Since the Taliban took power, donors have cut development assistance and imposed sanctions on the country’s banking system, putting the Afghan economy in a state of collapse.
On August 30, 2021, the Security Council adopted a resolution calling on the Taliban to allow safe transit for all people who decide to leave the country.
humanitarian crisis
Then, in September, a high-level meeting was held in Geneva, at which the international community pledged more than $1.2 billion in humanitarian aid to the Afghan people.
With nearly 23 million people facing hunger, Afghanistan is poised to become the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with needs greater than those of Yemen, Ethiopia, Syria or South Sudan.
Faced with this scenario, the UN and its humanitarian partners made an appeal in January to collect more than 5,000 million dollars for Afghanistan to reactivate basic services in the country.
The UN has repeatedly stated a commitment to remain on the ground delivering humanitarian aid to save the lives of Afghans.
“For all dignified Afghan women wearing hijab is necessary and the best hijab is the chador (head to toe burqa) which is part of our tradition and is respectful, women who are not too old or too young should cover their face except eyes, Islamic principles and Islamic ideology are more important to us than anything else
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will request immediate meetings with the de facto Taliban authorities to seek clarification on this decision.”
In addition, he indicated that he will carry out consultations with members of the international community to determine the implications of this order.
Since the Taliban took power, donors have cut development assistance and imposed sanctions on the country’s banking system, putting the Afghan economy in a state of collapse.
On August 30, 2021, the Security Council adopted a resolution calling on the Taliban to allow safe transit for all people who decide to leave the country.
humanitarian crisis
Then, in September, a high-level meeting was held in Geneva, at which the international community pledged more than $1.2 billion in humanitarian aid to the Afghan people.
With nearly 23 million people facing hunger, Afghanistan is poised to become the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with needs greater than those of Yemen, Ethiopia, Syria or South Sudan.
Faced with this scenario, the UN and its humanitarian partners made an appeal in January to collect more than 5,000 million dollars for Afghanistan to reactivate basic services in the country.
The UN has repeatedly stated a commitment to remain on the ground delivering humanitarian aid to save the lives of Afghans.
“For all dignified Afghan women wearing hijab is necessary and the best hijab is the chador (head to toe burqa) which is part of our tradition and is respectful, women who are not too old or too young should cover their face except eyes, Islamic principles and Islamic ideology are more important to us than anything else.”
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will request immediate meetings with the de facto Taliban authorities to seek clarification on this decision.”
In addition, he indicated that he will carry out consultations with members of the international community to determine the implications of this order.
Since the Taliban took power, donors have cut development assistance and imposed sanctions on the country’s banking system, putting the Afghan economy in a state of collapse.
On August 30, 2021, the Security Council adopted a resolution calling on the Taliban to allow safe transit for all people who decide to leave the country.
humanitarian crisis
Then, in September, a high-level meeting was held in Geneva, at which the international community pledged more than $1.2 billion in humanitarian aid to the Afghan people.
With nearly 23 million people facing hunger, Afghanistan is poised to become the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with needs greater than those of Yemen, Ethiopia, Syria or South Sudan.
Faced with this scenario, the UN and its humanitarian partners made an appeal in January to collect more than 5,000 million dollars for Afghanistan to reactivate basic services in the country.
The UN has repeatedly stated a commitment to remain on the ground delivering humanitarian aid to save the lives of Afghans.
“For all dignified Afghan women wearing hijab is necessary and the best hijab is the chador (head to toe burqa) which is part of our tradition and is respectful, women who are not too old or too young should cover their face except eyes, Islamic principles and Islamic ideology are more important to us than anything else.”
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will request immediate meetings with the de facto Taliban authorities to seek clarification on this decision.”
In addition, he indicated that he will carry out consultations with members of the international community to determine the implications of this order.
Since the Taliban took power, donors have cut development assistance and imposed sanctions on the country’s banking system, putting the Afghan economy in a state of collapse.
On August 30, 2021, the Security Council adopted a resolution calling on the Taliban to allow safe transit for all people who decide to leave the country.
humanitarian crisis
Then, in September, a high-level meeting was held in Geneva, at which the international community pledged more than $1.2 billion in humanitarian aid to the Afghan people.
With nearly 23 million people facing hunger, Afghanistan is poised to become the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with needs greater than those of Yemen, Ethiopia, Syria or South Sudan.
Faced with this scenario, the UN and its humanitarian partners made an appeal in January to collect more than 5,000 million dollars for Afghanistan to reactivate basic services in the country.
The UN has repeatedly stated a commitment to remain on the ground delivering humanitarian aid to save the lives of Afghans.
For all dignified Afghan women wearing hijab is necessary and the best hijab is the chador (head to toe burqa) which is part of our tradition and is respectful, women who are not too old or too young should cover their face except eyes, Islamic principles and Islamic ideology are more important to us than anything else.

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