G7 Nations Denounce Taliban Restrictions On Afghan Women, Girls

The G7 Foreign Ministers strongly condemned the Taliban’s new decree enforcing Hijab on Afghan women and new punishments for family members to enforce compliance with these restrictions.

“We stand with the Afghan people in their demand for equal rights in line with the Taliban’s commitments to all Afghans and Afghanistan’s obligations under international law,” G7 said in a statement.

The G7 Foreign Ministers, which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, UK, and the United States, and the High Representative of the European Union, expressed disappointment over increasing restrictions imposed on the rights and freedoms of women and girls in Afghanistan by the Taliban.

The statement said that Taliban are further isolating themselves from the international community by severely limiting the activities of the Afghan women who makeup half of the Afghan society.

The G7 called on the Taliban regime to urgently take steps to lift restrictions on women and girls, respect their human rights, and provide them with equal participation in work, and education.

EU Special Representative to for Afghanistan, Tomas Niklasson had said that Taliban’s new decree on Afghan women would not benefit the Taliban rather it grows skeptical of them among the international community.

Niklasson said Taliban are ignoring the will of the people and this would be the main hindrance in recognizing the Taliban as a new Afghanistan government.

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