UN envoy urges Taliban to free women’s rights activists

On Friday, as the global community marks International Women’s Day, the UN’s special rapporteur for human rights in Afghanistan made a plea to the Taliban for the liberation of female human rights advocates. “As we observe International Women’s Day, my support goes out to the Afghan women and girls enduring unprecedented institutional and systematic discrimination. Their courage, ingenuity, and leadership in fighting for their rights deserve our admiration,” Richard Bennett stated.

Bennett reiterated his call for the Taliban to honor the human rights and cultural rights of Afghan women and girls, emphasizing the need for their “meaningful and equal” involvement in all facets of societal life. He specifically demanded, “I urge the Taliban to promptly and unconditionally free anyone detained arbitrarily for advocating human rights, particularly concerning women and girls.”

Since the Taliban’s return to governance in Afghanistan in August 2021, concerns over women’s rights have intensified.

Celebrated annually on March 8, International Women’s Day acknowledges the social, economic, cultural, and political contributions of women while highlighting the importance of advancing women’s rights.–Web Desk