Source: News Wire
Taliban rule ushers in ‘new and perilous phase’ for Afghan women and other minorities, UN warns
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.
The Taliban have said women can continue to study in universities, including at post-graduate levels, but classrooms will be gender-segregated and Islamic dress is compulsory.
The Islamist militant group seized power in Afghanistan on August 15, overrunning Kabul after capturing outlying provinces in a lighting advance.
They initially promised inclusiveness and a general amnesty for former opponents, but many Afghans remain deeply fearful of the new rulers.
Kabul airport reopens as many remain desperate to leave
Taliban police officials have beaten Afghan journalists and violently dispersed women’s protests.
The Taliban’s leaders formed an all-male government despite saying initially they would invite broader representation.
Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the UN human rights office, earlier said the Taliban should “immediately cease the use of force towards, and the arbitrary detention of, those exercising their right to peaceful assembly and the journalists covering the protests”.
“It is crucial that those in power listen to their voices,” she said.
Many thousands of Afghans remain desperate to get out of the country, afraid of what Taliban rule might hold.
The Taliban have repeatedly said foreigners and Afghans with proper travel documents can leave.
Abdul Hadi Hamdani, head of Kabul’s airport, said on Monday that all domestic flights were back to their regular schedule but that “some technical problems need to be solved” before international flights could resume.
Members of the border police who previously worked at the airport have been called back to resume their duties.