Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Concerned over growing human rights abuses against women and girls in Afghanistan: Antonio Guterres

New Delhi: An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council was held on Monday following the Taliban’s occupation of Afghanistan. At the meeting, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “I urge all parties to provide uninterrupted access to humanitarian services and assistance in a timely manner.” I urge all countries to be prepared to accept refugees and refrain from any deportation.

He added that the capital city (Kabul) has seen a huge influx of internally displaced people from the province (Afghanistan) across the country, where they felt insecure and fled during the war. I remind all parties of their responsibility to protect citizens.

“We are receiving tragic reports of human rights abuses across the country. I am particularly concerned about the growing human rights violations against women and girls in Afghanistan, who fear a return to the dark days. The international community must be committed to ensuring that Afghanistan is never again used as a forum or safe haven for terrorist organizations.

“Today, I am speaking on behalf of the millions of people in Afghanistan. I am speaking on behalf of the millions of Afghan girls and women who are losing their freedom to go to school and participate in political, economic and social life,” he said.

“I urge the UNSC and the international community to stand together, to work together,” he said. Use all tools to counter the global terrorist threat in Afghanistan and guarantee respect for basic human rights.

Ghulam M. Isakzai, Afghanistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, said the Taliban were not living up to the promises and promises made in their statements in Doha and other international fora. Residents are living in complete panic.

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