On Monday, the UN’s Human Rights Chief slammed the Taliban’s record in Afghanistan since assuming power, claiming that professed commitments did not match reality on the ground, such as women’s rights.
Afghanistan is in a “new and catastrophic phase,” according to Michelle Bachelet, who told the Human Rights Council in Geneva that many women, ethnic groups, and religious communities are concerned about their rights.
“Importantly, and in contradiction to assurances that the Taliban would uphold women’s rights, over the past three weeks, women have instead been progressively excluded from the public sphere,” she said in her speech.
Bachelet expressed dismay at the composition of the Taliban’s new government, noting the absence of women and its dominance by ethnic Pashtun.
She pointed to other broken pledges on granting amnesty to former civil servants and security officers linked to the previous government and prohibiting house-to-house searches.