Guterres ‘particularly concerned’ by accounts of mounting human rights violations towards girls and women of Afghanistan because the Taliban seizes Kabul.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has known as on the Security Council to “use all tools at its disposal to suppress the global terrorist threat in Afghanistan” and assure that fundamental human rights will likely be revered.
An emergency UNSC assembly on Afghanistan was held on Monday on the UN headquarters in New York after the Taliban entered Kabul and President Ashraf Ghani left Afghanistan on Sunday because the group took over the nation 20 years after they have been overthrown by a US-led invasion.
“We are receiving chilling reports of severe restrictions on human rights throughout the country. I am particularly concerned by accounts of mounting human rights violations against the women and girls of Afghanistan,” he instructed the 15-member council.
“We cannot and must not abandon the people of Afghanistan,” he mentioned.
At this “grave hour”, the secretary-general urged all events, particularly the Taliban, “to exercise utmost restraint to protect lives and to ensure that humanitarian needs can be met”.
Thousands of individuals mobbed town’s airport on Monday attempting to flee the group’s feared hardline rule.
Taliban officers have issued statements geared toward calming the panic.
Under Taliban rule between 1996 and 2001, girls couldn’t work, women weren’t allowed to attend faculty and ladies needed to cowl their faces and be accompanied by a male family member in the event that they wished to enterprise out of their houses.
“Attacks against civilians or civilian objects must stop. The human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Afghan citizens, especially women, girls and members of minority groups, must be respected,” US Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield instructed the council.
Afghanistan’s UN Ambassador Ghulam Isaczai instructed the council he was talking for thousands and thousands of individuals “whose fate hangs in the balance”, together with girls and women “about to lose their freedom to go to school, to work and to participate in the political, economic, and social life of the country”.
Isaczai known as on the council and the UN to not recognise any administration that achieves energy by power or any authorities that isn’t inclusive. He urged them to name for the speedy institution of an inclusive transitional authorities.
The UN has about 3,000 nationwide employees and about 300 worldwide employees on the bottom in Afghanistan. On Friday, the UN mentioned some employees had been relocated to Kabul however that none had been evacuated.
“The United Nations’ presence will adapt to the security situation. But above all, we will stay and deliver in support of the Afghan people in their hour of need,” Guterres mentioned.