Afghan supreme leader says women ‘saved from oppression’ by Taliban

Afghan ladies stroll previous a safety guard in Jalalabad. The nation’s supreme chief says the Taliban authorities has saved ladies from ‘conventional oppressions’ (Shafiullah KAKAR)

Afghanistan’s supreme chief stated Sunday the nation’s ladies had been being saved from “conventional oppressions” by the adoption of Islamic governance and their standing as “free and dignified human beings” restored.

In a press release marking this week’s Eid al-Adha vacation, Hibatullah Akhundzada — who hardly ever seems in public and guidelines by decree from the Taliban’s birthplace in Kandahar — stated steps had been taken to supply ladies with a “comfy and affluent life in response to Islamic Sharia”.

The United Nations expressed “deep concern” final week that ladies had been being disadvantaged of their rights beneath Afghanistan’s Taliban authorities and warned of systematic gender apartheid.

Since returning to energy in August 2021, Taliban authorities have stopped women and girls from attending highschool or college, banned them from parks, gyms and public baths, and ordered them to cowl up when leaving dwelling.

They’ve additionally barred them from working for the UN or NGOs, whereas most feminine authorities staff have been dismissed from their jobs or are being paid to remain at dwelling.

Nevertheless, Akhundzada stated “essential steps have been taken for the betterment of girls as half of the society”.

“All establishments have been obliged to assist ladies in securing marriage, inheritance and different rights,” his assertion learn.

– Assured rights –

Akhundzada stated a six-point decree issued in December 2021 assured ladies their rights.

Amongst different issues, the decree outlawed compelled marriages and enshrined the proper to inheritance and divorce.

“The unfavorable features of the previous 20-year occupation associated to ladies’s hijab and misguidance will finish quickly,” Akhundzada stated.

A report back to the UN’s Human Rights Council final week by Richard Bennett, the particular rapporteur for Afghanistan, stated the plight of girls and ladies within the nation “was among the many worst on this planet”.

“Grave, systematic and institutionalized discrimination in opposition to ladies and ladies is on the coronary heart of Taliban ideology and rule, which additionally provides rise to considerations that they might be answerable for gender apartheid,” Bennett stated.

UN Deputy Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif added: “Over the previous 22 months, each facet of girls’s and ladies’ lives has been restricted.”

“They’re discriminated in opposition to in each approach.”

Regardless of his uncommon public appearances, Akhundzada has frequently issued prolonged “state-of-the-nation”-style statements forward of necessary Muslim festivals and holidays.

“On the nationwide stage, the independence of Afghanistan has been restored as soon as once more,” he stated.

He praised Afghanistan’s financial resilience, efforts to eradicate poppy cultivation, and the development in nationwide safety.

“It’s our shared accountability to guard and serve our Islamic system,” he stated.

“The present system is the results of the sacrifices of 1000’s of mujahideen. Let’s stand by one another, eradicate conspiracies, worth safety and prosperity and work collectively for its additional enhancement.”

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