UN experts say Taliban treatment of women amounts to crimes against humanity

"U.N. sanctions system all in the name of women's rights and equality amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity."

UN experts say Taliban treatment of women amounts to crimes against humanity

According to a committee of U.N. experts, the Taliban's treatment of Afghan women and girls, which includes barring them from parks, gyms, and educational institutions, may constitute a crime against humanity. The treatment of women and girls may qualify as "gender persecution" under the Rome Statute, to which Afghanistan is a party, according to the assessment by the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Afghanistan Richard Bennett and nine other U.N. experts.

Abdul Qahar Balkhi, a spokesman for the Taliban Foreign Affairs Ministry, responded to the report by saying: "The current collective punishment of innocent Afghans by the U.N. sanctions system all in the name of women's rights and equality amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity."


The U.N. experts stated in a statement that keeping women in their houses was "tantamount to jail," and that it was likely to result in higher rates of domestic violence and mental health issues. The experts cited the arrest this month of activist Zarifa Yaqobi and four of her male colleagues.

According to the experts, they are still being held. In August 2021, the Taliban overthrew a government that was supported by the West. According to their view of Islamic law, they claim to respect women's rights.

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