UN rights chief reprimands Taliban over treatment of women

Human Rights Council in Geneva
Human Rights Council in Geneva
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations on September 13, 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. Reuters/Dennis Ballybouse

September 13, 2021

GENEVA (Reuters) – The UN human rights chief on Monday criticized the Taliban’s human rights record since seizing power in Afghanistan, noting that the commitments do not match realities on the ground such as the status of women.

“Importantly, and contrary to assurances that the Taliban will uphold women’s rights over the past three weeks, women have been progressively excluded from the public sphere,” Michelle Bachelet told the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

He also expressed dismay at the structure of the new Taliban government, noting the absence of women and its dominance by ethnic Pashtuns.

(Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

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