The head of UNAMA, Roza Otunbayeva, in her briefing to the UN Security Council, said the policies of the current Afghan government that drive the exclusion of women are "unacceptable to the international community."
UNAMA in a statement quoted Otunbayeva as saying that “UNAMA’s human rights efforts are focused on engaging and enabling the de facto authorities to establish an inclusive, responsive system of governance, including policing, that respects human rights norms and standards. It is time to support strengthened engagement with the relevant components of the de facto authorities through appropriate means to increase their knowledge and further compliance of law enforcement actions with international norms.”
Speaking to the UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Afghanistan, the US deputy ambassador to the UN, Robert A. Wood, voiced concerns over restrictions on women and girls in Afghanistan, saying:
“We urge the Taliban to roll back these restrictions and allow women and girls to have access to education which will enable their full, equal and meaningful participation in the society.”
He also called on the international community to increase support to the humanitarian response in Afghanistan.
“Now more than ever the international community must rally together and increase pledges and support to the humanitarian response,” Wood said.
The UK representative to the UN, speaking at the UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan, said: “Over two years since the Taliban seizure of power, our dominant concern remains the Taliban systematic assault on the rights of women and girls," and “Afghanistan remains one of the poorest and most climate vulnerable countries in the world.
Its prospects further dimmed by a significant brain drain as a result of migration, persecution and uncertainty.” The UK representative added: “We know the progress the Taliban has made in tackling ISKP, and we underscore the importance of continued action against terrorist groups within Afghanistan.”
The UK representative said that the people of Afghanistan remain a priority for the UK.
The UAE ambassador to the UN, Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, said at a UNSC meeting on Afghanistan’s situation: "Millions are facing serious food insecurity, humanitarian needs are among the highest in the world, and women and girls are being erased from society."
The Russia representative to the UN, speaking at the UN Security Council meeting on Afghanistan, said: “As we see, Afghanistan was a staging country for the breaking in of the American regional strategy, a place for the testing of various weapons, a place for laundering of billions of dollars…”
Th Russian representative noted: “Western countries have no concern about the Afghan people, including women and girls nor ... about the unprecedented humanitarian crisis.”
However, there was a slight verbal dispute between the Chargé d'Affaires of the Afghanistan Permanent Mission to the UN, Naseer Ahmad Fai, and representative of Pakistan. Referring to Pakistan, Faiq in the meeting argued that some regional countries are playing double standards towards the people of Afghanistan as they play as victims of terrorism.
Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate reacted to last night's meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Afghanistan, saying that two domestic issues of Afghanistan [women's education and work] have been amplified and the progress made has been ignored.
Zabiullah Mujahid said online that in this meeting, the end of the blacklist, removal of sanctions, release of frozen funds of Afghanistan, and recognition should have been discussed.
The spokesman of the Islamic Emirate said that not discussing Afghanistan's seat in the United Nations shows that the issue is still being used to pressure the Islamic Emirate.