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Taliban suspend higher education for women in Afghanistan





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The Taliban government has suspended higher education for all female students in Afghanistan, the latest step in its plan. brutal repression on the rights and freedoms of Afghan women.

A spokesperson for Afghanistan’s Ministry of Higher Education confirmed the suspension to CNN on Tuesday. A letter released by the Education Department said the decision was made in a cabinet meeting and that the order would take effect immediately.

The girl who was banned from back to high school in marchafter the Taliban ordered the closure of all-girls schools just hours after they prepared to reopen after months of closure following the Taliban takeover in August 2021.

Human Rights Watch criticized the ban on Tuesday, calling it a “shameful decision that violates the right to education of women and girls in Afghanistan.”

“The Taliban are making it clear every day that they do not respect the basic rights of Afghans, especially women,” the human rights watchdog said in a statement.

After taking power in Afghanistan last year, the Taliban have tried to project a more moderate image to gain international support.

But while they have made many promises to the international community that they will protect the rights of women and girls, the Taliban have done the opposite, systematically controlling their rights and freedoms. .

Women in Afghanistan are no longer allowed to work in most fields, require a male guardian when traveling long distances and are ordered to cover their faces in public.

This is a breaking news story, more to follow.

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