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June-29-00

UN report cites continued violations against the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan

UN report cites continued violations against the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan

This week United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan presented his most recent report on the situation in
Afghanistan to the U.N. Security Council, citing the ongoing systematic violations of human rights committed by
the Taliban regime. Annan reported, "Despite some limited improvements, women and girls have continued to face
serious abuses of their fundamental rights, including severe restrictions imposed on their participation in public life."
Women and girls in Afghanistan face the severest impact of what Annan describes as a situation in which people
"have little or no possibility for judicial recourse and are largely denied the possibility of shaping decisions that
affect them." According to the report there is no indication of improvement of life under the Taliban, and in fact the
situation may deteriorate as future military offensives, and a new wave of human rights violations, loom.

Media Resources: The situation in Afghanistan and its implications for international peace and security: Report of the Secretary-General (A/54/918-S/2000/581

   

     

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