Increasing efforts to remove women from public life in Afghanistan: India

India on Friday expressed concern over increasing efforts to weed out women from public life in Afghanistan, called for ensuring protection of the rights of women and girls and said the long-contested gains of the past two decades have not been reversed. Is.

Ambassador Puneet Agarwal, Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the Permanent Mission of India in Geneva, “As a close neighbor and long-time partner of Afghanistan, India has a direct stake in ensuring the return of peace and stability to the country.”

Speaking at the urgent debate on the “Human Rights Status of Women and Girls in Afghanistan” at the 50th session of the Human Rights Council, she said that given India’s strong historical and civilizational ties with the Afghan people, “we are deeply concerned about the situation in Afghanistan”. Recent developments that directly affect the well-being of women and girls in Afghanistan There are increasing efforts to remove women from public life in Afghanistan.

“We join others in calling for the protection of the rights of women and girls, including the right to education, and to reverse the long-contested gains of the past two decades,” Agarwal said.

The Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan after capturing the capital Kabul in mid-August 2021, swiftly ending nearly 20 years of the US-led coalition’s presence in the war-torn country. Since taking power, the radical Islamist group is issuing new laws that mandate women to leave their homes only in cases of necessity and then cover their faces in public.

Agarwal also expressed India’s deepest condolences to the victims and their families and those affected by the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan. He said India shares the grief of the people of Afghanistan and “as a true friend and first responder of Afghanistan”, has sent 27 tonnes of emergency relief aid in two flights for the people of Afghanistan.

Noting that the current situation has severely hampered the basic rights of citizens, children, girls and women, freedom of speech and opinion, access to education and medical care, Agarwal called for unhindered access to international aid from all concerned. called for permission. For all those who need it.

He said, “In order to closely monitor and coordinate the efforts of various stakeholders for effective delivery of humanitarian aid and to continue our engagement with the Afghan people, an Indian technical team has been deployed at our embassy there. ,” They said.

He recalled the United Nations Security Council resolution on Afghanistan and noted that the expectations of the international community for progress in Afghanistan are clearly outlined in Security Council Resolution 2593, which outlines that the use of Afghanistan’s territory To launch terrorist attacks against other is not used. Country; Formation of a truly inclusive and representative government; counter terrorism and drug trafficking; and protect the rights of women, children and minorities.

“We join his call to ensure the protection of the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan,” Agarwal said. He said that India also urges the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan to make all efforts to ensure the rights of women, children and children. Minorities are respected and protected.