State Dept. Urges Taliban To Respect Women’s Rights


Us State Department spokesman Ned Price speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, DC on February 16, 2021. - The United States on Tuesday condemned a new charge slapped on Myanmar's deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and renewed demands for her release. "We are disturbed by reports that the military has charged State Councilor Aung San Suu Kyi with additional criminal acts," State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters. (Photo by Andrew Harnik / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

State Department spokesman Ned Price speaks during a news conference at the State Department in Washington, D.C. on February 16, 2021. (ANDREW HARNIK/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)


The State Department has released a joint statement with a group of 20 additional countries, calling to protect the rights of women in Afghanistan. In the statement on Wednesday, U.S. diplomats said the Taliban must not violate the human rights of women and young girls after its takeover of Afghanistan.

The Department added the Taliban must also respect women’s rights to education, work and freedom of movement. The statement is cosigned by top diplomats from the U.K., Australia and the EU among others.

This comes amid reports that claimed the Taliban has committed atrocities and sex crimes against women over the course of the past few days.

Reports said Taliban fighters have killed several women for not wearing an Islamic veil. In addition, it’s pulled multiple women from their jobs, stating only their male relatives could work.

Meanwhile, the State Department said it would provide humanitarian aid and support in order to help Afghan women.

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