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UN Reports Human Rights Violations in Taliban-Led Afghanistan

Hundreds of people have been killed in Afghanistan since the Taliban took over the country nearly a year ago. The United Nations announced in a report on Wednesday that despite the death toll, security, on the whole, has improved since then.

In its report, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan also stressed on the situation of women and girls since the Taliban takeover and how they have been stripped of their human rights under Afghanistan’s current rulers.

“It is beyond time for all Afghans to be able to live in peace and rebuild their lives after 20 years of armed conflict. Our monitoring reveals that despite the improved security situation since 15 August, the people of Afghanistan, in particular women and girls, are deprived of the full enjoyment of their human rights,” said Markus Potzel, deputy special representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan.

The report said that nearly 700 people have been killed and 1,400 wounded since August 2021, when the Taliban invaded the Afghan capital of Kabul as the United States and NATO were in the final weeks of their withdrawal from the country.

After the takeover, the Taliban immediately began harking back to similar radical measures when the Taliban last ruled the country, from 1996 to 2001.

The terrorist organisation issued edicts ordering women to cover their faces in public and banned girls from attending school past the sixth grade.

The UN report added that the erosion of women’s rights has been one of the most notable aspects of the de facto administration to date. Since August, women have had their rights stripped away, from the right to fully participate in education, the workplace and other aspects of public.

The decision not to allow girls to return to secondary school means that a generation of girls will not complete their full 12 years of basic education, reported the UN.

“The education and participation of women and girls in public life is fundamental to any modern society. The relegation of women and girls to the home denies Afghanistan the benefit of the significant contributions they have to offer. Education for all is not only a basic human right, it is the key to progress and development of a nation,” said Potzel, the U.N. envoy.

During the previous Taliban rule in Afghanistan, they subjected women to overwhelming restrictions, banning them from education and participation in public life and requiring them to wear the all-encompassing burqa.

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