London, October 14th: Many Afghans, especially women and minority groups, are living in horror as the Taliban take control of Afghanistan and the country’s humanitarian and economic crisis worsens. Although the group claims to be more moderate, reports of violence against women, journalists and human rights activists by the Taliban army suggest that this is not the case.
The Forum for Democracy, a London-based NGO, gathered a virtual expert panel on October 13 to discuss the “Women / Human Rights Perspective under Tullivan,” former BBC Asian correspondent Humphrey Hawksley. Was moderated and introduced by President Bruce of the Forum.
Sir Bruce referred to a recent report jointly compiled by the Afghan Commission on Human Rights, the International Federation for Human Rights and the World Anti-Torture Organization, and the Taliban steadily dismantled the human rights benefits gained over the last two decades. He said he was. The Forum for Democracy reports that this is nothing more obvious than the treatment of women, as the Taliban effectively sequestered and silenced their female population, leaving it unprotected by the state.
Given the erosion, breach of such rights and denial of democracy, Sir Bruce, even a recent announcement by the UNHRC, is sufficient to appoint a special rapporteur for one year to monitor human rights in Afghanistan. I thought it might be.
Examining the relationship between the Taliban and China through a human rights prism, C. Dr. Christine Fairov Georgetown University is skeptical of the view held by certain U.S. analysts that China will have some modest impact on the Taliban due to concerns about terrorism in Afghanistan. Said. According to the report, Afghanistan under the Taliban administration could become a paradise for international terrorism.
It misunderstood the long-term cooperation between China and the Taliban, including a broad agreement signed by China and the Taliban on the eve of 9/11, and said Beijing would invest in the Taliban and its government, according to Dr. Fair. However, with the proviso that Afghanistan is not the place where a terrorist attack on China or China’s interests was planned. Dr. Fair reminded the audience that China was on the verge of signing a MoA similar to Osama bin Laden, who never called for China’s atrocities against Uighurs and Muslims.
Beijing’s claim to see an inclusive government in Kabul, especially when looking at the Chinese government itself, is “as Afghanistan’s largest investor and Afghanistan’s rare metals support China’s economic growth.” It’s ridiculous, “said Dr. Fair. Beijing expects the Taliban in exchange for financial support to have limited security to protect China’s commercial interests, and the Taliban will not plan or carry out attacks on China or its interests from Afghanistan. Is guaranteed.
Dr. Fair compares this to what is happening in Pakistan, the Pakistani Taliban is a direct blow effect of the Afghan Taliban, and Pakistani peace is incompatible with Afghan Taliban rule-China learns. right.
China and Pakistan were also mentioned by Dr. Nooralhaq Nasimi, founder and director of the Afghanistan-Central Asian Association. The Soviet Union, Pakistan and Iran have caused many problems in Afghanistan, and he hoped that China would not make similar mistakes. Indeed, he said the future was a bigger concern than in the past. Since the Taliban took over, the Afghan people have suffered from homelessness and food shortages, which will worsen in the coming winter months.
Dr. Nasimi also lamented the lack of representatives of Afghan women in the United Nations and local politics, and emphasized the need to lobby at the international level to thwart the Taliban’s atrocities and fund internally displaced persons in Afghanistan. bottom. However, he also emphasized grassroots activities and other proactive measures by his own organization in Kabul, including the introduction of civic counseling centers, training and workshops.
Nargis Nehan, founder of equality in peace and democracy and former Afghan mining and oil minister, has lost many of the benefits of the last two decades and the struggle between Afghan women and young people. He emphasized that it was not the cause of the damage. As many think, “or a” failed project “.
Despite the Taliban threat, the position of Afghan women at the forefront of demanding human rights has made it clear that they are not victims, Nehan said, and this is against radicalism. It is a battle of liberal values. The Taliban may not have changed, but women in Afghanistan themselves have changed, and pressures such as poverty have increased resistance not only from women but also from other groups.
With respect to both the former Afghan government and the Taliban, Nehan believed that neither was actually involved in the general public, their concerns and frustrations. For true inclusiveness in government, we need to represent people of different ethnicities, ideologies, gender groups, and so on. She hoped that the international community, which the Afghans felt abandoned, would come together to help provide assistance, education and support in the fight against extremism.
Social scientist Sippi Azarbaijani-Moghaddam discussed his experience working on women’s programs under the Taliban between 1996 and 2001, providing a historical perspective on what is found in Afghanistan today. They were obsessed with managing public spaces and “purifying” “corruption” and “obstacles.”
However, the public and private spheres were treated differently-unless they were kept away from the public sphere and caused public discord, “modest” girls’ schools were accepted. Regarding attitudes towards women, the Taliban likened the Taliban to the attitudes of certain other Islamic societies (Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, etc.).
Still, the focus of her discussions with the Taliban was on pragmaticism-as long as women’s activities were practical-getting water, providing medical assistance, etc.-they couldn’t stop. She cited the example of General Suheira, an irreplaceable female trauma surgeon who treated an injured Taliban and refused to wear a burqa in the hospital. Therefore, the Taliban will not choose a battle that cannot be won, although it will be tough against a particular group. Therefore, Azerbaijan-Mogadam concluded that, as we think of the West, there is no real hope for human rights.
Former Afghan diplomat Najifa Hakpal investigated the role of the younger generation of Afghanistan, their activities, and the importance of supporting them. By amplifying Afghanistan’s voice and putting other pressure on the Taliban, Hakpal believes that the international community can ask the Taliban to explain, at least to some extent, the basic human rights principles, especially women’s rights. rice field.
She felt sadness and disappointment at the betrayal of the Afghan people by their government and left them to the mercy of the Taliban, an Islamic extremist interpreter. In fact, given the limited education and knowledge of the Taliban’s science, politics, Islamic law, etc., Afghan people can challenge groups through Islamic teachings. Hakpal added that the Taliban’s attitude towards women was completely inconsistent with the history of Afghanistan as women fought, held positions and studied. Therefore, women’s rights are not a new phenomenon in Afghanistan, she said.
In the current situation, the international community must take a collective approach and draw a line of protection around all human rights and media freedom. Hakpal concluded that this support would allow Afghanistan to challenge the Taliban from within.
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https://www.latestly.com/agency-news/world-news-taliban-isolated-silenced-female-population-in-afghanistan-and-left-them-unprotected-says-expert-2949439.html Experts say the Taliban has isolated and left unprotected a group of women in isolation and silence in Afghanistan.