G7 countries condemn increasing Taliban restrictions on women

Afghanistan – G7 foreign ministers’ statement on the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan

Weissenhaus, 12 May 2022

We, the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, and the High Representative of the European Union, express our strongest opposition and deplore the increasing restrictions imposed on the rights and freedoms of women and girls in Afghanistan by the Taliban.

We stand with the Afghan people in their demand for equal rights in line with the Taliban’s commitments to all Afghans and Afghanistan’s obligations under international law. We condemn the imposition of increasingly restrictive measures that severely limit half the population’s ability to fully, equally and meaningfully participate in society, including the recent announcement on women’s appearance in public along with new punishments for family members to enforce compliance with these restrictions.

With these moves, the Taliban are further isolating themselves from the international community. Echoing our joint statement, together with Norway, from 24 March, we call on the Taliban to urgently take steps to lift restrictions on women and girls, respect their human rights and meet the expectations of Afghans and the world to permit their full, equal and meaningful participation in work, education and public life, as well as freedom of movement and freedom of speech, which is crucial for long-term peace, stability and development of the country./.

Afghanistan – France condemns the Taliban decision to require women to wear head-to-toe coverings in public spaces (9 May 2022) – Press briefing by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs Spokesperson (excerpt)

Paris, 9 May 2022

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France condemns in the strongest possible terms the Taliban’s deeply shocking, unacceptable decision to require women to wear head-to-toe coverings in public spaces.

This latest, extremely troubling restriction follows several other bans ordered by the Taliban since it seized power by force on 15 August, particularly the ban on Afghan girls from attending secondary school and the ban on women from traveling alone.

This decision demonstrates yet again that the Taliban is pursuing a policy of repression and the systematic exclusion of half the population of Afghanistan, which seriously compromises the country’s sustainable development and its relations with the rest of the world.

France will continue to closely monitor the increasingly troubling human rights situation in Afghanistan. It will continue to stand steadfastly with the Afghan people and especially Afghan women and girls, whom it assures of its absolute solidarity. (...)/.

Published on 12/05/2022

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