‘Immediately reverse’ ban on women in parks: Amnesty International tells Taliban

The human rights organization Amnesty International is calling for the Taliban to reverse its latest restriction on women’s rights. This week, the Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice ordered amusement park officials to deny entry to women.  

Ministry spokesman Mohammad Sadiq Akif tells Zan Times that the ban was imposed because women in the parks were not wearing clothes deemed appropriate by the Taliban. As a result, the ministry decided that women were no longer allowed in parks, even if they were accompanied by a mahram, or close male relative. 

In response, Amnesty International issued a blistering tweet thread on November 12 that condemned the Taliban’s decision. “Any such decision by the Taliban must be reversed immediately as women’s rights under the Taliban have been systematically under attack,” stated the organization, calling the new rule “another blow to women`s rights.” 

This isn’t the only restriction imposed on women by the Taliban. Akif also acknowledged that the Taliban had recently closed all women’s bathhouses across the country. 

“With the Taliban back in power, women have been barred from exercising their most basic rights such as freedom of movement, right to education – as girls’ school beyond grade 6 remained closed – and political participation,” states Amnesty International. It also criticizes the Taliban for abolishing institutions that document and provide support for cases of violence against women.  

 “Amnesty International calls on the international community to not turn a blind eye on the systematic suffering of women and rights under the Taliban rule,” emphasizes the tweet, pointing out that “the Taliban have unlawfully arrested, detained and tortured women peaceful posters including several women activists arrested just days previously.” 

In its resolution on Thursday, November 10, the UN General Assembly called on the Taliban to respect the rights of women, girls and minorities, and to change the policies and actions that limit the fundamental rights and freedoms of women and girls. The United Nations warned the Taliban that without respecting human rights, the international community would not recognize their government. 

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