UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations mentioned the three,330 Afghan women and men it employs stayed house for a second day Thursday to protest the Taliban’s ban on U.N. female staff working within the nation because it continued to press for the choice to be reversed.
The U.N. Safety Council held an emergency assembly on the Taliban’s motion and pushed its requires the ban to be overturned.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric reiterated the U.N.’s insistence that each one U.N. workers are wanted to ship life-saving support to thousands and thousands and harassed once more that “Afghan ladies is not going to get replaced by males.” He additionally mentioned the United Nations doesn’t need to get right into a scenario the place it replaces Afghan ladies with worldwide ladies, who usually are not banned from working within the nation.
He defined that culturally it’s all the time higher to have nationals from a rustic delivering support to their native inhabitants. The U.N. has a workers of about 3,900 in Afghanistan, together with roughly 3,300 Afghans and 600 worldwide personnel. The overall additionally consists of 600 Afghan ladies and 200 ladies from different nations.
On the closed U.N. Safety Council assembly on the Taliban ban, members have been briefed by the secretary-general’s particular consultant for Afghanistan, Roza Otunbayeva, who led talks Wednesday with the Taliban’s international minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, to name for a reversal of its determination.
Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia, the present council president, advised reporters afterward that “everyone was appalled by the choice the Taliban made.”
“The query is how one can strategy it, and we agreed to work on a product by the council … that might be helpful and balanced,” he mentioned.
U.S. deputy ambassador Robert Wooden mentioned the Biden administration sees the ban “principally as one other effort by the Taliban to erase Afghan ladies and ladies from society.”
The United Nations on Wednesday referred to as the ban an “unparalleled” violation of ladies’s rights, illegal below worldwide legislation, and unacceptable to the 193-member worldwide group.
The Taliban determination drew condemnation from the world’s most acknowledged organizations and on Thursday greater than a dozen U.N. specialists additionally demanded the fast reversal of the countrywide ban on Afghan ladies working with the United Nations, together with the U.N. particular investigator on human rights in Afghanistan.
Regardless of preliminary guarantees of a extra reasonable rule than throughout its earlier stint in energy within the Nineties, the Taliban have imposed harsh measures since taking on the nation in 2021 as U.S. and NATO forces were pulling out of Afghanistan after twenty years of struggle.
Ladies are banned from training past sixth grade. Girls are barred from working, learning, touring and not using a male companion, and even going to parks or gyms. And girls should additionally cowl themselves from head to toe. In December, the Taliban banned feminine employees for humanitarian organizations.
Ramiz Alakbarov, the U.N. deputy particular consultant and humanitarian coordinator for Afghanistan, mentioned in a press release Thursday that Afghanistan is the world’s largest support operation, with a document 28.3 million folks in want of help this yr together with 20 million dealing with extreme starvation and 6 million of them “one step away from famine.”
The United Nations appealed for $4.6 billion to offer humanitarian support for Afghanistan in 2023 however the attraction is lower than 5% funded, receiving solely $213 million which makes it the bottom funded U.N. support operation globally, he mentioned.
“The world can not abandon the folks of Afghanistan at this precarious second,” Alakbarov mentioned.