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June-15-01

House Passes Resolution Condemning Taliban

By a vote of 420-0, the U.S. House of Representatives, with the concurrence of the Senate, passed a Resolution “Condemning the recent order by the Taliban regime of Afghanistan to require Hindus in Afghanistan to wear symbols identifying them as Hindu.” Referencing the requirement in Nazi Germany that Jews wear the yellow Star of David, the resolution strongly condemned the “Taliban’s use of Nazi tactics” and demanded that the Taliban regime “immediately revoke its order stigmatizing Hindus and other non-Muslims in Afghanistan and conform its laws to all basic international civil and human rights standards….”

Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, applauded the action taken by the House. On May 22, when the Taliban requested this religious edict, Smeal compared the Taliban’s treatment of minorities to the Holocaust. “This latest edict is reminiscent of the Third Reich that required Jews to wear a yellow star of David on their clothing, and we all know what that led to," said Smeal. "The treatment of minorities in Afghanistan is bordering on a Holocaust. The civilized world must do more.”

Media Resources: Feminist Majority Foundation, HCON 145 EH

   

     

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