By Michelle Nichols
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The Worldwide Legal Courtroom (ICC) ought to acknowledge gender discrimination in Afghanistan as a criminal offense in opposition to humanity and examine it with the goal of prosecuting these accountable, U.N. international training envoy Gordon Brown stated on Tuesday.
On the second anniversary of the Taliban’s return to energy as U.S.-led forces withdrew after 20 years of conflict, Brown stated he had written to ICC prosecutor Karim Khan to argue his level.
“That is the worst instance of the abuse of human rights in opposition to women and girls all over the world and if we permit this to occur and proceed with impunity then others might attempt to do precisely the identical,” Brown informed reporters.
Ladies over the age of 12 have been principally excluded from faculty lessons because the Taliban returned to energy. The Taliban have additionally stopped most Afghan feminine workers from working at assist companies, closed magnificence salons, barred ladies from parks and curtailed journey for girls within the absence of a male guardian.
“The Worldwide Legal Courtroom ought to acknowledge this gender discrimination as a criminal offense in opposition to humanity and examine it with a view to the arraignment and prosecution of these accountable,” stated Brown, a former British prime minister.
Khan’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. Khan is investigating suspected conflict crimes dedicated in Afghanistan over the previous 20 years.
The Taliban say they respect rights in keeping with their interpretation of Islamic legislation.
Brown stated he believed there was a break up within the Taliban with some officers in Kabul in favor of permitting women to return to highschool, whereas leaders in Kandahar – birthplace of the Taliban and residential to the supreme religious chief – stay opposed.
“We have to steer these clerics that it is a false interpretation of Islam to counsel that women and girls shouldn’t be capable of have the essential rights loved by males,” Brown stated.
He urged Muslim-majority international locations to ship a delegation to Kandahar to hunt to steer Taliban leaders “to take away their ban on women training and ladies’s employment, which has no foundation within the Koran or the Islamic faith.”
(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; modifying by Grant McCool)