UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet at the 50th Session of the Human Rights Council said that the Islamic Emirate should specify the time to reopen girls' schools. Bachelet emphasized that the restrictions against women in Afghanistan should end.
The UN human rights commissioner said that more than a million Afghan girls are now prevented from attending school, amid continuing worldwide concerns over the non-respect of women's and girls' rights in that country.
“The de facto authorities I met during my visit in March this year said they will honor the human rights obligations as for as consistent with Islamic Sharia law, yet despite these assurances we are witnessing the progressive exclusion of women and girls from the public sphere and their institutionalized systematic oppression,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.
Meanwhile, the United Nations special rapporteur for human rights in Afghanistan said that the Islamic Emirate has ruined the twenty-year achievements of Afghan women.
“The Taliban’s intentions are not only to impose absolute gender discrimination, they are aimed at making women invisible by excluding them almost entirely from society. For example: women are represented by men at the current grand assembly, These measures contravene Afghanistan’s obligations under numerous human rights treaties to which it is a state party. They massively diminished women’s lives, deliberately attack women's autonomy, freedom and dignity,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan, Richard Bennett.
A number of Afghan women who participated at this UN session asked the international community to pressure the Islamic Emirate to accept the rights of women and girls.
“I want you to imagine for a few seconds that you are an Afghan woman living in Afghanistan now. You cannot leave your house without a male minder. You are excluded from public gatherings and political decision making… Your access to lifesaving health care is restricted. You cannot access your workplace…,” said former chairperson of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, Shahrzad Akbar.
“Their promises to uphold rights and particularly, the rights of women and girls have been consistently hedged. Women and girls facing systematic (erasure) from public life including the workspace and schools. Dangers to the women's rights defenders continue with reports of enforced disappearance, raids of the offices and homes, threat, torture and many in hiding,” said Shokria Barakzai, a former diplomat.
The Islamic Emirate has yet to comment on this event, but previously said Kabul is bound to uphold the rights of women within the framework of Sharia.