UN body to hold emergency debate on rights of women and girls in Afghanistan

The UN’s top human rights body is due to hold an urgent debate next week to discuss the erosion of the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan since the Taliban seized power nearly ago. a year.

Human Rights Council spokesman Rolando Gomez said on Friday that the Geneva-based human rights body was due to hold the debate on July 1 as part of its ongoing summer session. , following a request for discussion from the European Union and France.

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In a letter requesting the session, the EU and French ambassadors wrote that they were “deeply concerned by the growing erosion of respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of women and girls by the Taliban” since their returned to power last August.

They cited Taliban-imposed restrictions on schooling, employment, freedom of movement and full participation in public life, and called on the rights body from the 47 member countries to consider adopt a resolution on the matter.

A draft resolution would be presented “as soon as possible”, EU Ambassador Lotte Knudsen and French Ambassador Jérôme Bonnafont wrote in the letter.

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