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France Takes Firm Stance with Taliban on Women's Rights

During a meeting with the Taliban in Paris on Monday, a French delegation, led by Marie-France Pagnier, vice-director for Asian affairs, took a firm stand on women's rights. "Paris took a firm stand on international terrorism, opium production, human rights but also women's rights," said a French foreign ministry spokesman.

The Taliban delegation, headed by its Deputy Foreign Minister, has also met with the Foreign Ministers of Germany and Switzerland.

The Taliban have not been recognized by the United Nations as the legitimate government of Afghanistan and only three countries -- Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates -- have diplomatic relations with the militia. The brutal Taliban regime has imprisoned over half of the Afghan population through its gender apartheid policy, stripping women and girls of their very basic human rights.

Media Resources: The Times of India and Reuters - February 9, 2000 and Feminist Majority Foundation



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