The United States, India and 61 other countries have issued a joint statement in the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on Afghanistan’s situation mooted by Spain and Australia seeking full rights for the Afghan women and immediate end to the targeted killings of women woking for the rights of women in the country under the Taliban rule.
The joint statement given to the Commissioner of the UNHRC Michelle Bachalet says, “We are troubled by reports of a reduction in rights and access to services and public spaces for Afghan women and girls.
"Women’s empowerment benefits all Afghans. The protection of Afghan women’s and girls’ human rights must be an integral part of the political solution. We call upon all States and all parties to create and support an enabling environment for all women to have a meaningful participation in this process as acknowledged in HRC resolution 45/28. We further call upon all parties to commit to protecting human rights workers and advocates.”
it said the gains of the last 20 years must be preserved. Afghan women’s organisations that advocate for and provide services to women and girls must be allowed to continue their crucial work.
“We strongly condemn all forms of violence against women and girls. We call on those in power and authority to guarantee women’s and girls’ rights to education, work, health and freedom of movement, to achieve inclusive and sustainable peace in Afghanistan. We will closely monitor the protection and enjoyment of all human rights.”
“Afghan women and girls deserve to live in safety, security and dignity. We stand ready to amplify their voices and ensure their concerns are heard.”