The permanent representative of Afghanistan to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Nasir Ahmad Andisha, criticized the ban on education for women and girls and called for schooling to be provide for females in Afghanistan.
Andisha asked the international community to stand united in its support of protecting the rights of all citizens of Afghanistan.
“We call upon the international community to stand united in its support for an inclusive representative government in Afghanistan committed to upholding the rights of its all citizens,” Andisha noted.
In the meantime, Mawlawi Abdul Hamid, an Iranian religious scholar, asked the current government to provide education to women and girls in Afghanistan.
"The way to women's education should not be closed, it should be opened so that women and girls can easily get an education,” he said.
Iranian religious scholars also urged the international community to give a chance to the current Afghan government and recognize the Islamic Emirate.
"The international community should recognize it and give them a chance to establish their own embassies. We would all join with the international community if the Taliban did something wrong," said Mawlawi Abdul Hamid.
Following their closure of schools and universities for girls in Afghanistan, some female students said they experienced mental and emotional problems.
"Boys can have access to education, but we can't, and this has caused me mental problems because I can't study,” Nazdana, a student, told TOLOnews.
"The longer women are denied education, the more it causes female sorrow and disappointment,” Ruina Poya, a university student, told TOLOnews.
However, Suhail Shaheen, the head of the Islamic Emirate's political office in Qatar, said the current government will address the remaining issues with the help of experts and in accordance with Islamic law.
"We cherish the opinions and counsel of the scholars of the Islamic Ummah who have empathy and affection for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, and we will consider their advice,” Shaheen said.
While the academic year has begun and the secondary and high schools have been closed to female students for nearly 600 days, the Islamic Emirate has not decided to reopen them.
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