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Taliban allegedly harassing female Afghan United Nations workers

The United Nations mission in Afghanistan has accused Taliban authorities of harassing its Afghan female staff, urging native officers to respect all its workers in a press release Monday.

“There has been an emerging pattern of harassment of Afghan U.N. female staff by the de facto authorities,” the statement said, referring to the nation’s Taliban rulers.

Three Afghan girls working for the UN have been lately detained briefly and questioned by “armed security agents of the de facto authorities,” it added.

The UN referred to as for a right away finish to all such acts of “intimidation and harassment targeting its Afghan female staff,” and reminded native authorities of their obligations below worldwide regulation to ensure the protection and safety of all UN personnel working in Afghanistan.

An announcement launched by the Taliban late Monday night denied that native authorities had “detained” any UN staff.

The assertion added in southern Kandahar province authorities had stopped a bunch of girls, however once they realized they have been UN staff, stopped questioning them.

A year after the Taliban took energy in Afghanistan, teenage women are nonetheless barred from college and girls are required to cover themselves from head to toe in public, with solely their eyes displaying. Hard-liners seem to carry sway within the Taliban-led authorities, which imposed extreme restrictions on entry to schooling and jobs for women and girls, regardless of preliminary guarantees on the contrary.

The Taliban denied that native authorities had “detained” any UN staff.
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On Saturday, Taliban authorities shut down five girls’ schools above the sixth grade in jap Afghanistan’s Paktia province which had briefly opened after a advice by tribal elders and college principals.

Earlier this month, 4 women’ colleges in Gardez, the provincial capital, and one within the Samkani district started working with out formal permission from the Taliban Education Ministry.

On Saturday, all 5 colleges have been as soon as once more closed by authorities.

The UN has repeatedly urged the Taliban to make sure respect for worldwide human rights within the nation.

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