A ban on Afghan ladies working for the United Nations was an inside problem, the nation’s Taliban authorities mentioned Wednesday, including that the choice “ought to be revered by all sides”.
Taliban authorities triggered worldwide outrage earlier this month after extending a December ban on Afghan ladies working for non-governmental organisations to the UN.
“The Islamic Emirate doesn’t wish to create obstacles for the United Nations,” Taliban authorities spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid mentioned in a press release on Wednesday.
“Moderately, it needs to make it clear that that is an inside problem of Afghanistan which doesn’t create an issue for anybody and ought to be revered by all sides.”
Beneath their austere interpretation of Islam, Taliban authorities have imposed a slew of restrictions on Afghan ladies since seizing energy in 2021, together with banning them from greater schooling and lots of authorities jobs.
The UN mentioned Tuesday the ban was forcing it to make an “appalling selection” on whether or not to proceed operations in Afghanistan.
The world physique mentioned it can not adjust to the ban because it was “illegal beneath worldwide regulation, together with the UN Constitution”.
Mujahid, nonetheless, mentioned there was no “discrimination” within the resolution.
“Quite the opposite, contemplating the spiritual and cultural pursuits, we’re dedicated to all of the rights of our folks.”
The rising curbs on ladies are paying homage to the Taliban’s first authorities between 1996 and 2001, when the UN mentioned they have been accountable for repeated human rights violations — notably towards women and girls.
For the reason that ban was introduced, the UN has ordered all its Afghan employees — women and men — to not report back to work till additional discover.
Taliban authorities justified the December ban on the grounds that they had acquired “critical complaints” that girls weren’t observing the group’s interpretation of Islamic costume codes.
A number of NGOs suspended operations within the nation in protest, piling additional distress on Afghanistan’s residents — half of whom face starvation, in response to help companies.
Mujahid mentioned Afghans had the “capability to face on their very own ft”, however the nation’s issues have been brought on by sanctions and restrictions on the monetary and banking system.
Quickly after the Taliban’s takeover, the USA seized roughly $7 billion in Afghan central financial institution property.
“It’s crucial that the member nations of the United Nations resolve the issue of freezing Afghan property, banking, journey bans and different restrictions in order that Afghanistan can progress within the financial, political and safety areas,” Mujahid mentioned.
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