Afghanistan: UN accuses Taliban of harassing female staff

Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 15 Sep 2022, 04:47 am Print

Afghanistan: UN accuses Taliban of harassing female staff Afghanistan | Taliban

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New York/Kabul: The United Nations authorities in Afghanistan have accused the Taliban authorities of intimidating and harassing its female staff working in the country, including detaining three women for questioning on Monday.

In a statement, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said: "The UN in Afghanistan expresses its mounting concern about de facto authorities’ actions against Afghan female employees of the United Nations. The UN urges the de facto authorities to abide by their obligations to respect the privileges and immunities of the UN and all its staff, including their freedom of movement throughout the country."

"There has been an emerging pattern of harassment of Afghan UN female staff by the de facto authorities, including an incident today in which three Afghan women working for the United Nations were singled out and temporarily detained for questioning by armed security agents of the de facto authorities," the statement said.

"The UN calls for an immediate end to all such acts of intimidation and harassment targeting its Afghan female staff, calling on the de facto authorities to reiterate and enforce explicit guarantees for the safety and security of all UN personnel operating in Afghanistan in a manner consistent with Afghanistan’s obligations under international law," read the statement.

The UN urges the 'de facto authorities' to ensure respect for international human rights obligations for all people in Afghanistan.