• Thu. Sep 29th, 2022

Norway slams Afghan Taliban edict demanding girls cowl up head to toe in public

Norway has slammed the newest Afghan Taliban edict demanding girls cowl up head to toe in public and warned that Afghanistan’s new rulers are “steering the nation towards a humanitarian, financial and human rights disaster.”

The Taliban decree, introduced on Saturday, ordered all Afghan girls to put on all-covering clothes in public, the normal burqa, and threatened to punish their male kinfolk in circumstances of noncompliance. It evoked related restrictions on girls and different hard-line measures imposed by the Taliban throughout their earlier, 1996-2001 rule of Afghanistan.

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Earlier this 12 months, the Taliban determined towards reopening colleges to women above grade six, reneging on an earlier promise and opting to appease their hard-line base.

That call has drawn worldwide condemnation and disrupted efforts by the Taliban, who seized energy in Afghanistan final August, to win recognition from potential worldwide donors at a time when the nation is mired in a worsening humanitarian disaster.

“I’m outraged by the announcement that warns that ladies in Afghanistan should cowl their faces in public, can’t drive a automobile, and solely go away house when vital,” an announcement from Henrik Thune, Norway’s deputy international minister, mentioned on Sunday.

Thune mentioned the edict is “utterly unacceptable” and careworn that though the Taliban are in energy, “they’re nonetheless an remoted and non-representative authorities.”

“The Taliban’s insurance policies proceed to oppress girls and women, as a substitute of addressing the financial disaster and the necessity for an inclusive authorities,” he mentioned.

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Norway hosted three days of talks in January between the Taliban, Western diplomats and different delegates at closed-door conferences within the snow-capped mountains above the Norwegian capital of Oslo.

The talks — the primary in Europe for the reason that Taliban takeover — centered on humanitarian help to Afghanistan and human rights. The Taliban-appointed international minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, mentioned the discussions “went very properly.”

The talks additionally included discussions between the Taliban and members of Afghan civil society.

Thune mentioned it was essential to pursue dialogue, “even when the Taliban have values which might be removed from ours” and added that with out dialogue, “we additionally haven’t any alternative to affect these in energy.”

He urged the Taliban to “as soon as once more to maintain their guarantees to Afghan girls and women.”

“Afghanistan’s girls and women are ready for the correct to a full life and may’t be excluded from society,” he mentioned.

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