DECEMBER 9, 2022
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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Affirms Afghanistan's Prominence on the 78th UNGA Meeting Agenda

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Affirms Afghanistan's Prominence on the 78th UNGA Meeting Agenda

In light of the worsening situation in Afghanistan, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, on September 14, emphasized the crucial importance of women's and girls' rights in the country. He stated, "The rights of women and girls in Afghanistan are absolutely central to all concerns and will be one of the prominent issues on the agenda of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting," scheduled to take place on September 18 and 19 in New York.

While the Taliban has asserted that women's rights in Afghanistan are safeguarded within the framework of Islamic principles, their spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, called upon the world to respect Islamic values and refrain from interfering in Afghanistan's internal affairs. Mujahid argued that the issue of human rights was often used as an excuse and emphasized that all individuals in Afghanistan, including men, women, children, and the elderly, have rights granted by Sharia law.

However, some university lecturers and political analysts in Afghanistan argue that the inclusion of all citizens, including women, in the political sphere is crucial. Zaki Mohammadi, a political analyst, stressed that it is the government's responsibility to provide opportunities and services for all members of society. He likened society to a bird with two wings, with women being one of those wings. He emphasized the importance of granting women rights to work, receive an education, and participate in politics for the development of society.

Earlier, the UN special rapporteur for Afghanistan, Richard Bennett, addressing the UN Human Rights Council during its 54th regular session, called on the Taliban to reverse their restrictive policies and allow women to work and engage in businesses, including delivering essential services through NGOs and the UN. Bennett noted that approximately 60,000 women had lost their jobs due to recent Taliban-imposed restrictions.

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