A delegation representing the Taliban militia is meeting with government officials throughout Europe in order to discuss "various issues with different European countries." The delegation headed by the Taliban Deputy Foreign Minister has already met with the Foreign Ministers of Germany and Switzerland and plan to meet with officials in France and Denmark. The French Foreign Ministry assured it would use "very firm language" with the delegates concerning their human rights record. 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: News Network International - February 7, 2000 and Feminist Majority Foundation