Tue. Jun 25th, 2024

ISLAMABAD — Feminine Afghan staff of the United Nation have been banned by the ruling Taliban from working within the nation, U.N. officers stated Tuesday.

The U.N. mission expressed “critical concern” after its feminine staffers have been prevented from reporting to work in jap Nangarhar province.

“We are going to proceed to pursue all avenues to make sure that we will attain essentially the most weak folks, particularly ladies and ladies,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric stated.

He stated U.N. officers have been instructed by “numerous conduits” that the ban utilized to the entire nation.

Taliban spokesmen weren’t instantly accessible for remark and the group didn’t challenge a press release.

Regardless of preliminary guarantees of a extra average rule than throughout its earlier stint in energy, the Taliban have imposed harsh measures since seizing energy in 2021 as U.S. and NATO forces have been pulling out of Afghanistan after twenty years of battle.

Women are banned from schooling past sixth grade and girls are barred from working, learning, touring with out a male companion, and even going to parks. Ladies should additionally cowl themselves from head to toe.

Afghan ladies have been additionally barred from working at nationwide and worldwide non-governmental organizations, disrupting the supply of humanitarian support.

Ladies working for the U.N. weren’t included within the NGO ban, however the U.N. raised fears that girls working for the U.N. might be focused.

Dujarric instructed reporters Tuesday that Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres has stated that “any such ban can be unacceptable and albeit, inconceivable.”

“We’re nonetheless wanting into how this growth would have an effect on our operations within the nation, and we’re anticipated to have extra conferences with the de facto authorities tomorrow in Kabul by which we’re making an attempt to hunt some readability.”

Dujarric stated feminine employees members are important to executing life-saving U.N. operations on the bottom, saying that out of a inhabitants of about 40 million folks, “we’re making an attempt to achieve 23 million males, ladies and youngsters with humanitarian support.”

The U.N. political mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, is headed by a girl, Roza Otunbayeva, a former president and overseas minister of the Kyrgyz Republic. She was appointed by the secretary-general in coordination with the U.N. Safety Council. Dujarric stated there’s been no Taliban motion concerning the U.N.’s senior management.

Taliban restrictions in Afghanistan, particularly the bans on schooling and NGO work, have drawn fierce worldwide condemnation. However the Taliban have proven no indicators of backing down, claiming the bans are momentary suspensions in place allegedly as a result of ladies weren’t carrying the Islamic scarf, or hijab, appropriately and since gender segregation guidelines weren’t being adopted.

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Related Press author Edith M. Lederer on the United Nations contributed to this report.

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