According to information received by UNAMA, this is a formal guideline rather than a recommendation, any violation of which will result in the punishment of male relatives.
UNAMA is deeply concerned by the Taliban’s announcement today that all women must cover their faces in public, leave their homes only in cases of necessity, and violations will lead to the punishment of their male relatives.
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†This decision contradicts many guarantees regarding respect for and protection of the human rights of all Afghans, including women and girlsprovided by Taliban representatives to the international community during discussions and negotiations over the past decade,” the UNAMA statement said.
After the Taliban takeover in August 2021, the Taliban ensured that women would be given their rights, be it in employment, education or society as a whole.
Women’s rights in the crosshairs, again
News reports of the decree, which calls on women to show only their eyes and recommends that they wear a head-to-toe burqa, say this latest curtailment of their rights in the country invokes similar restrictions from the Taliban’s previous rule between 1996 and 2001 .
It also follows a previous pledge to appease their harsh rule at the cost of further alienation from the international community, which yearned for signs that the in reality authority is ready for positive relations with the rest of the world.
After taking power, the Taliban confirmed in September that secondary schools would reopen, but only boys would return to the classroom.
Female teachers across the country were also unable to resume work.
Six weeks ago, the in reality Authorities have again decided to postpone secondary education for Afghan girls – which has met wide international, regional and local condemnation.
Looking for clarification
This latest decision by the Taliban threatens to further strain engagement with the international community.
†UNAMA will immediately request meetings with the Taliban in reality authorities to request clarification on the status of this decision‘, the statement continued, adding that UNAMA would also consult with members of the international community about the implications of the latest decree.