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Taliban criticizes UN for focusing on Afghan women’s rights over key issues

Kabul, Sep 27 (EFE).- The Taliban criticized the United Nations on Wednesday, asserting that the organization is diverting attention from more pressing matters by emphasizing women’s education and employment rights in Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, the UN Security Council convened to address the situation in Afghanistan, with the US deputy ambassador to the global body, Robert A. Wood, expressing concerns about the restrictions placed on Afghan women and girls.

During her briefing to the Security Council, Roza Otunbayeva, the head of the UN mission in Afghanistan, described the Taliban government’s anti-women policies as “unacceptable to the international community.”

The Taliban said the global community was preoccupied with domestic issues related to Afghan women, neglecting to acknowledge the progress made by the government since the Islamists assumed power in August 2021.

“Discussions and opinions in the UN were diverted by raising only two small and domestic topics like women’s education and their work,” Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid wrote on social media app X, formerly Twitter.

Mujahid emphasized that crucial topics such as security, general amnesty, peace and stability, economic development, the formation of security forces, the allocation of budgets from internal revenue, the expansion of education nationwide, and numerous other developments had been disregarded.

He argued that the UN should have prioritized discussions on lifting sanctions, the release of frozen Afghan assets, and the recognition of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, as the Taliban calls its government.

Mujahid asserted that “pressure and coercion are still in force,” indicating that self-serving groups “are still in conflict with us, and are holding the UN hostage and using it against us.” EFE


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