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Senators warn that the Taliban are already suppressing rights of girls, girls in Afghanistan

U.S. senators are sounding the alarm about the civil rights abuses of girls and girls in Afghanistan after the Taliban took full management of the nation with astonishing pace following President Biden’s withdrawal of U.S. troops.

“Afghanistan has been handed over to the Taliban under Joe Biden’s rushed and mishandled withdrawal. Now, Afghan women and children are suffering the consequences,” Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, tweeted Tuesday morning. “Afghan women and girls who were just starting to enjoy their freedoms are again faced with oppression and subjugation by a ruthless Taliban regime.”

SEN. JONI ERNST, FIRST FEMALE COMBAT VET IN SENATE, LAMENTS AFGHAN COLLAPSE: ‘IT IS ALL ON PRESIDENT BIDEN’

Ernst, the first feminine fight veteran elected to the Senate, shared an NBC News article printed Sunday that quoted a provincial authorities official in Afghanistan saying girls in the Taliban-controlled cities have been already being handled “like prisoners” and that they “can’t go outside” of their properties.

Fawzia Koofi, a member of the Afghan delegation that was working to barter peace with the Taliban earlier than the U.S. pullout, advised NBC News that girls in the nation felt “betrayed” and that their futures appeared “dark.”

Under the Taliban’s former regime in the late Nineties, the hard-line Islamic militant group banned girls from attending faculty and ladies from showing in public with out full physique coverings and male escorts. Violators of the legal guidelines confronted public stonings, amputations and executions.

Now, in an effort to spice up its picture, the Taliban invited girls to hitch its authorities in accordance with Islamic legislation. But studies from the floor paint a unique image. Reuters reported this week that girls have been being pulled from banking jobs and ordered into their properties, advised solely that male kinfolk might take their place.

Republican and Democratic U.S. senators are additionally portray a grim image of the actuality that Afghan girls and girls now face.

“This has been a bright spot over the past 20 years where we have now seen women and younger girls going to school, becoming educated, being accepted into community, in leadership positions,” Ernst told Fox News on Monday. “And unfortunately now that we have handed the country over to the Taliban, we know that there are going to be tremendous civil rights abuses. There will be violations against these women and girls.”

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., issued a statement Monday calling on the Biden administration to broaden the refugee program for Afghan girls, “whose lives are in jeopardy as the Taliban resumes control and turns back the clock on 20 years of progress for women’s rights. A failure to act now will seal their fate, and the generation of girls who grew up with freedoms, education and dreams of building their country’s future will die with them.”

Shaheen and dozens of her fellow senators issued a bipartisan letter Monday urging the Biden administration to take “swift, robust action to protect and support Afghan women leaders facing unparalleled danger following the Taliban’s violent sweep across Afghanistan and seizure of Kabul.”

The letter asks the administration to create a humanitarian parole class particularly for ladies leaders, activists, human rights defenders, parliamentarians, journalists and members of the Female Tactical Platoon of the Afghan Special Security Forces, and to streamline the paperwork course of to facilitate referrals to permit for quick, humane and environment friendly relocation to the United States.

“We and our staff are receiving regular reports regarding the targeting, threatening, kidnapping, torturing and assassinations of women for their work defending and promoting democracy, equality, higher education and human rights. While we welcomed the expansion of the eligibility requirements for Special Immigrant Visas and the creation of the Priority 2 category in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, we must also protect those women who might fall through the cracks of the U.S. government’s response.”

Biden addressed the American individuals about the Afghanistan disaster Monday afternoon after avoiding cameras for a number of days and watching the disaster unfold from the Camp David presidential retreat. In his handle, he mentioned he “stands squarely behind” his resolution to withdraw troops from the nation.

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The president final month known as it “highly unlikely” that the Taliban would sweep Afghanistan because it did. He additionally assured Americans there could be “no circumstance” in which the Taliban would storm the U.S. Embassy in Kabul the similar means the North Vietnamese stormed the U.S. Embassy in Saigon in 1975.

Those statements got here into question over the weekend with footage exhibiting U.S. troops flying helicopters to the embassy in Kabul, rescuing diplomats as insurgents stormed the constructing. The Taliban claimed victory in the nation on Monday.

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