The Taliban must recognize “the basic human rights of women and girls” and frozen Afghan funds must be freed up so that families no longer have to sell “their babies to buy food”, the head of the Taliban said on Wednesday. UN, requests taken up by the Afghan charge d’affaires at the United Nations.
“We urge the Taliban to seize this moment and earn the trust and goodwill of the international community by recognizing — and defending — the fundamental human rights that belong to every girl and woman,” said the Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Guterres, during a meeting of the Security Council. “I am deeply concerned by recent reports of arbitrary arrests and abductions of activists” and “I strongly call for their release,” added the UN chief.
Chargé d’affaires at the UN for Afghanistan since the withdrawal in mid-December of an ambassador dismissed by the Taliban, Naseer Ahmad Faiq spoke at the end of the meeting, claiming to speak “on behalf of the Afghan people” and not that of the former government overthrown by the Taliban in August.
“I call on the Taliban to put an end (to) human rights violations” denounced by NGOs, “to honor their general amnesty, to allow women to work and to open the doors of schools and universities to girls”, a he said. “I ask the Taliban to provide information on the fate” of the militants who disappeared recently “and to release them immediately”, also underlined Naseer Ahmad Faiq.
The diplomat finally called on the Security Council to “convene an international conference” for “inter-Afghan discussions” aimed at achieving “the formation of an inclusive and responsible government, reforming the Constitution and “allowing the Afghans to elect their leaders through elections”.
Antonio Guterres had previously called on “the international community to strengthen its support for the Afghan people”, in particular by releasing funds frozen in Washington by the World Bank and the United States, while “Afghanistan is on the razor’s edge “.
sale of babies
“More than half of Afghans face extreme levels of hunger” and “some families are selling their babies to buy food,” he said.
The Chinese ambassador to the UN, Zhang Jun, mentioned in this regard the case of a woman “who sold her two daughters and a kidney” to be able to feed her family. “It’s a human tragedy,” he denounced, implicitly calling on the United States to lift “unilateral sanctions” and to work for a freeze on assets imposed on Afghanistan.
“We must revive the Afghan economy with more cash,” also argued the UN Secretary General, calling on the World Bank to “urgently release $1.2 billion” from a fund it manages for the reconstruction of Afghanistan and which has been frozen since the Taliban came to power in August. “Without action, lives will be lost, and desperation and extremism will increase”, while a “collapse of the Afghan economy could lead to a mass exodus of people fleeing the country”, he warned.
The UN continues to call for “an easing of sanctions which prevent the full delivery of essential services and which continue to deprive the economy of liquidity”, declared for his part, during a video link with the Council, the envoy of the UN in Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons.
“Due to the liquidity crisis and the inability of banks to operate, we are facing an extraordinary situation where people have money in the bank but do not have full access to it to feed their families or manage their company,” she added.
Chaired by Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Store, whose country leads the Security Council in January, the session of its 15 members on Wednesday aims to clarify the contours of the mandate of the UN political mission in Afghanistan. This expires on March 17 and must be reviewed in depth to take into account the return to power of the Taliban.
The Taliban must recognize “the basic human rights of women and girls” and frozen Afghan funds must be freed up so that families no longer have to sell “their babies to buy food”, the head of the Taliban said on Wednesday. ‘UN, demands echoed by the Afghan Chargé d’Affaires at the United Nations. “We urge the Taliban to seize this moment…
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