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Taliban bans women from all Afghan universities



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The Afghan government banned women from attending public and private universities on Tuesday – the latest move by the Taliban government to roll back women’s rights in the nearly a year and a half since it regained control. country after the withdrawal of US troops.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Higher Education announced the suspension, effective immediately and in effect until further notice, following a meeting of the Taliban government, according to AP news agency.

The announcement came as the United Nations Security Council – which does not recognize the Taliban-run government – met in New York to discuss developments in Afghanistan, where the United States estimates some 97 percent of people living in poverty amid severe economic and humanitarian crises caused by Taliban control.

Speaking to the panel as the news broke, US Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Robert Wood condemned “in the strongest possible terms this completely indefensible stance”.

“The Taliban cannot expect to become a legitimate member of the international community until they respect the rights of all Afghans, especially human rights and the fundamental freedoms of women and children. girls,” he added.

British Ambassador to the United Nations Barbara Woodward said the ban was “another serious cut to women’s rights and a profound disappointment for every female student”. Reuters reported.

Ziaullah Hashmi, who shared the news in a letter on his personal page Twitter accountdid not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Taliban severely restricted women’s freedoms when they ruled most of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. The group forbade women and girls from going to school, going to work or leaving home unattended. accompanied by men, and at the same time forced them to confront each other directly. Cover your toes in public. In some cases, militants have publicly executed women who violated their rules based on interpretations of radical Islamic law.

After the US-led war toppled the government, Afghan women gradually gained greater access to education, employment and political opportunities.

But the gains came to an abrupt halt in August 2021, when Washington pulled out the last of its troops and the Taliban quickly regained control. Despite its commitment to reform, the group reinstated the ban on girls in primary and secondary schools, and reintroduced a draconian dress code, along with other restrictions on work, commuting and daily life of women.

The United States, the European Union and the United Nations have, among others, imposed sweeping sanctions and frozen funding to Afghanistan and pledged not to recognize the Taliban-led government unless This government reformed fundamental.

“We will continue to work with this council to have a unified voice on this matter,” Wood said Tuesday.

“The Taliban are making it clear every day that they don’t respect the basic rights of Afghans, especially women,” he said. tweeted Fereshta Abbasia researcher with New York-based Human Rights Watch, on Tuesday.

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