By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
KABUL (Worthy News) – Global advocacy group Amnesty International (AI) says Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban has “decimated” the rights of women and girls since taking over the country.
Nearly a year after they took control of the country, the Taliban has been cracking down on women’s and girls’ rights to education, work, and unrestrained movement, AI noted.
Additionally, the Taliban militants “decimated” the system of protection and support for those fleeing domestic violence, AI said. It noted that the group also detained women and girls for minor violations of “discriminatory rules.”
It said the Taliban contributed to a surge in the rates of child, early, and forced marriage in Afghanistan.
AI’s report, Death in Slow Motion: Women and Girls Under Taliban Rule, stressed that women who peacefully protested against these rules were threatened, arrested, detained, tortured, and forcibly disappeared.
“Less than one year after the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, their draconian policies are depriving millions of women and girls of their right to lead safe, free, and fulfilling lives,” complained Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.
“Taken together, these policies form a system of repression that discriminates against women and girls in almost every aspect of their lives. Every daily detail – whether they go to school, if and how they work, if and how they leave the house – is controlled and heavily restricted,” she added.
AI urged the world Wednesday to urgently demand the Islamist group respect the rights of all Afghans.
It comes amid broader concerns about women and all members of Afghanistan’s minority Christian community.
Devoted Christians, especially those who abandoned Islam, face torture and death, several sources said.
The Taliban captured almost all of the country, including the capital, Kabul, in August 2021, when the Western-backed government collapsed.
All international forces, led by the United States, withdrew after nearly 20 years of war with the Islamist group.
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