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UN Observer Says Taliban Policies Making Afghan Women Invisible

Afghanistan News - Gio, 26/05/2022 - 8:06pm

ISLAMABAD - A senior United Nations observer Thursday expressed serious concern about the 'erasure of women from public life' across Afghanistan since the Islamist Taliban seized power in August.

'Afghanistan is facing a plethora of critical human rights challenges that are having a severe impact on the population,' Richard Bennett, the U.N. special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan, told

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UN Observer Says Taliban Policies Making Afghan Women Invisible

Afghan Online Press - Gio, 26/05/2022 - 6:17pm

Ayaz Gul
VOA News
May 26, 2022

ISLAMABAD — A senior United Nations observer Thursday expressed serious concern about the “erasure of women from public life” across Afghanistan since the Islamist Taliban seized power in August.

“Afghanistan is facing a plethora of critical human rights challenges that are having a severe impact on the population,” Richard Bennett, the U.N. special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan, told a news conference in Kabul at the end of his 11-day maiden trip to the country.

“I urge the authorities to acknowledge the human rights challenges that they are facing and to close the gap between their words and their deeds,” he stressed.

The insurgent-turned-ruling group’s male-only government has suspended Afghan girls’ secondary education, prevented most female employees from returning to government jobs, barred women from traveling alone, ordered them to cover up fully in public, including their faces, and strongly advised them to stay at home.

Bennett said the policies “fit the pattern of absolute gender segregation and are aimed at making women invisible in society.”

“The de facto authorities have failed to acknowledge the magnitude and gravity of the abuses being committed, many of them in their name and their responsibility to address them and protect the entire population,” Bennett noted.

The U.N. expert met with Taliban leaders, members of Afghan civil society, including women human rights defenders, journalists, minorities and victims of human rights violations.

The U.N. expert spoke on a day when Taliban forces in Kabul reportedly disrupted a women’s protest that called for the reopening of girls’ schools.

“Civil society space and media freedom is critical for a peaceful society in which rights are respected,” Bennett said.

Bennett said he was able to visit a prison, hospitals, schools and mosques in several places in the Afghan capital, and northern Mazar-i-Sharif, as well as southern Kandahar cities.

Bennett noted the Taliban had extended their invitation for him to access the entire country and to visit sensitive locations “in a crucial commitment to ensure that transparent monitoring can be undertaken.”

The international community has not recognized the Taliban as the legitimate rulers of Afghanistan, saying the issue would come under consideration only after the Islamist group adheres to its pledges to protect the human rights of all Afghans, especially those of women.

The Taliban seized power from the Western-backed former government in August when the last U.S.-led international forces withdrew from the country after almost 20 years of war with the Islamist group.

“The Taliban stands at a crossroads. Either the society will become more stable and a place where every Afghan enjoys freedom and human rights, or it will become increasingly restrictive,” Bennett cautioned. He will present the findings of his first report to the September session of the U.N. Human Rights Council.

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Taliban Raids, Tortures and Harasses the Residents of Paryan in Panjshir

Afghan Online Press - Gio, 26/05/2022 - 6:13pm

Taliban militants (file photo)

8am: According to sources, the Taliban fighters have detained and tortured more than 20 residents of the Kereptab area in the district, including elders, farmers, shepherds, and children, and taken them all to their bases for further investigation and possible torture. As reported, the Taliban rebels have shot dead the dogs and livestock and have burnt down houses into ash. Click here to read more (external link).

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Clashes in Panjshir: NFR Forces Kill Nine Taliban Fighters in an Ambush

Afghan Online Press - Gio, 26/05/2022 - 6:10pm

8am: Local sources in Panjshir province have reported that nine Taliban fighters have been killed in an ambush laid by National Resistance Front forces. According to sources, the fighting took place on Thursday in Kotal-e-Arezoo and Ghazdi Sang, Anaba district of Panjshir province. According to sources, about 200 Taliban forces who were trying to attack the military bases of the National Resistance Front in Anaba district were ambushed by the forces of the Front on the way. Sources emphasize that as a result of this clash that started this morning (Thursday 26, 2022), nine Taliban are killed so far. Click here to read more (external link).

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Afghanistan’s Taliban step up coal exports to boost local budget

Afghan Online Press - Gio, 26/05/2022 - 6:05pm

Reuters: The hardline Islamist movement is now banking on its natural resources to survive. Landlocked Afghanistan has large mineral and fossil fuel deposits, most of them untapped. One Pakistani official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Pakistan had increased coal imports from Afghanistan and could be importing up to 500,000 tonnes per month. Click here to read more (external link).

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Fifteen civilians killed in Balkh and Kabul explosions

Afghan Online Press - Gio, 26/05/2022 - 6:04pm

Ariana: Fifteen people were killed and more than 30 were injured in Wednesday’s explosions in Kabul and Balkh – all of which were civilians. The survivors of the victims of these blasts have meanwhile called on the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) to arrest and punish the perpetrators of these incidents. Among the victims in the Mazar-e-Sharif explosions were women, officials confirmed. The injured are being treated at a district hospital in Balkh province, and many of the injured have lost body parts, officials stated. Click here to read more (external link).

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UAE condemns terrorist bombing of mosque in Kabul

Afghanistan News - Gio, 26/05/2022 - 3:50pm

ABU DHABI, 26th May, 2022 (WAM) -- The UAE strongly condemned the terrorist bombing that targeted a mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, which resulted in a number of deaths and injuries.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MoFAIC) affirmed that the UAE expresses its strong cond

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Feature: Power shortage undermines recovery in Afghanistan

Afghanistan News - Gio, 26/05/2022 - 3:05pm

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, May 26 (Xinhua) -- In a country already beset by innumerable destabilizing factors, power shortages are doing nothing help Afghanistan's recovery.

In southern Kandahar province, like anywhere else, no electricity means no productivity.

Elham Haqmal manages a milk processing plant in Kandahar's Industrial Park.

"We have no mains electricity at all. We operate on the power from

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US envoy condemns Afghan blasts

Afghanistan News - Gio, 26/05/2022 - 12:18pm
Kabul [Afghanistan], May 26 (ANI): The US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West has condemned the four explosions at Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif mosque, calling them "cowardly terrorist attacks". Taking to Twitter, West said, "The United States condemns the cowardly terrorist attacks in Mazar-i-Sharif and Kabul that claimed innocent Afghan lives. My deepest condolences to families of victims. This violence serves no pur
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US envoy condemn Afghan blasts

Afghanistan News - Gio, 26/05/2022 - 11:55am
Kabul [Afghanistan], May 26 (ANI): The US special envoy for Afghanistan, Thomas West has condemned the four explosions at Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif mosque, calling them "cowardly terrorist attacks". Taking to Twitter, West said, "The United States condemns the cowardly terrorist attacks in Mazar-i-Sharif and Kabul that claimed innocent Afghan lives. My deepest condolences to families of victims. This violence serves no pur
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Former Pakistan pacer Umar Gul appointed Afghanistan bowling coach

Afghanistan News - Gio, 26/05/2022 - 10:18am
Kabul [Afghanistan], May 26 (ANI): Former Pakistan pacer Umar Gul on Wednesday has been appointed as the new bowling coach of Afghanistan. Gul will begin his new role during the white-ball tour of Zimbabwe in June, when Afghanistan will play three ODIs followed by a further trio of T20Is in Harare. The 39-year-old made 237 international appearances for Pakistan across formats, making a particularly notable impact in the w
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US special envoy commends India's 'enormous' capability in supporting Afghans with humanitarian needs

Afghanistan News - Gio, 26/05/2022 - 9:55am
Washington [US], May 26 (ANI): US special envoy for Afghanistan Thomas West on Thursday commended India for bringing "enormous" capability in helping the people of Afghanistan with humanitarian assistance. West praised India for working towards protecting the Afghan people with aid to the country. The special representative expressed his will to stand with India and other nations who are striving towards this shared goal
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Over 870 families receive cash assistance in Afghan provinces

Afghanistan News - Gio, 26/05/2022 - 9:55am

KABUL, May 26 (Xinhua) -- A total of 876 families received cash assistance in two Afghan provinces on Wednesday, authorities said on Thursday.

In Khakriz district in southern Kandahar province, 310 conflict- and drought-affected families received 28,000 afghanis (about 320 U.S. dollars) for each, the Office of the State Minister for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs said in a tweet.

Besides, pr

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Security personnel busts theft gang in eastern Afghanistan

Afghanistan News - Gio, 26/05/2022 - 9:18am

KABUL, May 26 (Xinhua) -- The intelligence personnel of Afghanistan's caretaker government has busted an armed theft group in the country's eastern province of Laghman, the General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI) said Thursday.

"Personnel of the General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI) has arrested a three-member theft group in Dawlat Shahi district, Laghman province following a recent operation," the nationa

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