With much persuasion from its neighbors in Pakistan, the Taliban has reluctantly agreed to attend peace talks held in the capital of Uzbekistan, Tashkent. Originally, the Taliban had refused to come because the rest of the nations attending (excluding Pakistan) did not recognized them as the nation's official government. Representatives from Pakistan, Iran, China, Uzebekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Russia, and the United States will all be in attendance.
The Taliban currently controls 90% of Afghanistan, while the opposition led by Abdullah controlls the remaining 10% of the nation. Since the Taliban seized control of Kabul in September 1996, it has issued increasingly barbaric edicts which violate human rights, and particularly women's rights and freedoms.
At the opening of the talks, a U.N. official read a statement in which Secretary-General Kofi Annan expressed his concerns about war-torn Afghanistan and the many human rights abuses the Taliban regime has committed
9/28/2015 World Leaders Commit to Ending Gender Discrimination at UN Summit - This weekend, on the 20th anniversary of the fourth world conference on women in Beijing, leaders from around the globe met in New York City to discuss concrete and measurable plans for eliminating discrimination against women.
The plans were announced and reviewed by over 80 world leaders over the weekend at the "Global Leaders" Meeting on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment: A Commitment to Action," summit co-hosted by the UN and China. . . .