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EU Parliament strongly condemns education ban for Afghan girls

EU Parliament strongly condemns education ban for Afghan girls

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8 Apr 2022 - 03:26
EU Parliament strongly condemns education ban for Afghan girls
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8 Apr 2022 - 03:26

ATLANTA (Pajhwok) :MEPs are deeply worried by the recent Afghan acting gov decision to indefinitely extend the ban on allowing girls in seventh grade and above to attend school. EU Parliament said on Thursday.

In a resolution adopted on Thursday, Parliament calls for a reversal of these restrictions, while noting previous commitments by the Taliban that they would ensure access to education for all citizens. The EU said in a statement.

MEPs deplore the steadily deteriorating situation of women and girls in Afghanistan since the Taliban’s return to power in 2021. Parliament condemns their persistent focus on erasing women and girls from public life and denying their most fundamental rights, including to education, work, movement and healthcare.

Amid a worsening human rights situation and following a recent decision, Afghan women are no longer allowed to travel distances of more than 45 miles (72 km) from their home without the accompaniment of a close male relative. The source added.

MEPs commend the bravery of the girls and women who are taking part in street protests against these developments and the Taliban’s rule, and call on both the EU and its member states to increase their support for women’s rights’ activists in the country.

Parliament also emphasises that the EU delegation in Kabul, re-establishing a minimal presence on the ground for the purpose of coordinating humanitarian aid and monitoring the humanitarian situation, does not constitute recognition of the Taliban regime by the European Union.

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