Afghan Women Tell European Parliament of Taliban Atrocities
Three Afghan women testified to the European Parliament last week about their first hand accounts of the abuse, murder and a terrorizing they experience daily at the hands of the Taliban. They spoke of teachers who were dragged into the streets and beaten publicly for teaching English. They recounted the story of a woman whose feet were beaten and bloodied because she wore white shoes—the color of the Taliban flag. Parliament President Nicole Fontaine said the Taliban was “an apartheid regime, founded on discrimination. All women in Europe and beyond are with [the women of Afghanistan]. Their distress is our distress.” Fontaine also called for an arms embargo on the Taliban and pressure on the regime’s supporters, who include Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
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