United Nations Security Council Asks Taliban to Reopen Schools for Afghan Girls

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has raised grave concerns regarding the rights of Afghan girls to education, calling on the Taliban to overturn the decision of banning education for girls above the sixth grade.

According to the UNSC statement on Afghanistan, the members of the Security Council “reaffirmed the right to education for all Afghans, including girls, and called on the Taliban to respect the right to education.”

Last week, the Taliban backtracked on an announcement that high schools would open for girls just hours after girls attended the classes across Afghanistan. Later on the Taliban issued a statement ordering schools to remain closed until further notice.

“We call on the Taliban to adhere to their commitments to reopen schools for all female students without further delay,” UNSC said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the UNSC members requested the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons to continue to engage with all relevant Afghan authorities on the issue.

The UNSC stressed the importance of efforts by the international community to support Afghanistan, including on education, and highlighted the coordinating role of UNAMA in this regard.

“We reaffirm our support to the people of Afghanistan as well as their strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Afghanistan,” the statement added.

The international community slammed Taliban for not honoring its promises as the de-facto regime announced that education in Afghanistan would be available for all, including Afghan girls till 12 grades.

Reacting to the most menacing decision taken by the Taliban, the Permanent Representatives of the United Arab Emirates and Norway, on behalf of Albania, Brazil, France, Gabon, Ireland, Mexico, UK, US, Norway and the UAE, urged the Taliban government to reverse the decision immediately.

There has been no comment from the Taliban on the matter so far.

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