Rina Amiri, the US special representative for Afghan women’s affairs, has once again emphasized that if the Taliban do not respect human rights, especially women’s rights, they “cannot expect to be a part of the international community”.
Referring to the fact that she has talked with representatives of countries, Afghan women, and civil activists in various meetings in the past month, the US special representative wrote on the X social network that “Afghans are right that women & civil society must be meaningfully represented in discussions focused on Afghanistan, particularly when the Taliban are being engaged.”
Amiri emphasized that the international community should show better performance regarding the presence of women in the meetings attended by the Taliban.
She also stated that the international community should collectively make it clear to the Taliban that without respecting the rights of the Afghan people, there will be no normalization of relations with this group.
“We must continue to ensure that our statements in support of Afghans, particularly women, are matched with concrete support to equip them w/ the resources to access education, scholarships, work & other means to counter the Taliban’s extreme & repressive measures,” she added.
“Approaches to improving the devastating situation in Afghanistan may differ, but those seeking to advance human rights must reflect the space for civic discourse & tolerance that they hope to engender in Afghanistan.”
These statements are made while more than two years have passed since the Taliban regained control of Afghanistan, this group has imposed extensive restrictions on women, including the right to education, work, and women’s basic freedoms.