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Taliban allegedly harass female Afghan United Nations staff

The United Nations Mission in Afghanistan has accused Taliban authorities of harassing their Afghan female employees and urged local officials to respect all their employees in a statement Monday.

“There is an emerging pattern of harassment of Afghan UN staff by de facto authorities,” the statement said, referring to the country’s Taliban rulers.

Three Afghan women working for the UN were recently detained briefly and interrogated by “armed security agents from the de facto authorities,” she added.

The United Nations called for an immediate end to all these acts of “intimidation and harassment of their Afghan women staff” and reminded local authorities of their obligations under international law to ensure the safety of all UN staff working in Afghanistan.

A statement released by the Taliban late Monday night denied that local authorities had “arrested” UN officials.

The statement added in authorities in southern Kandahar province had stopped a group of women, but when they realized they were UN employees they stopped questioning them.

A year after the Taliban took power in Afghanistan, teenage girls are still not allowed to go to school and women are required to cover themselves from head to toe in public, with only their eyes showing. Hardliners seem to dominate the Taliban-led government, which severely restricted girls’ and women’s access to education and jobs, despite initial promises to the contrary.

Armed Taliban fighters parade on Humvee vehicles as they celebrate the first anniversary of the withdrawal of US-led troops from Afghanistan.
The Taliban denied that local authorities had “locked up” UN officials.
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On Saturday, Taliban authorities closed five girls’ schools above sixth grade in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktia province that had been opened briefly on the recommendation of tribal elders and school principals.

Earlier this month, four girls’ schools in Gardez, the provincial capital, and one in Samkani district began operating without formal approval from the Taliban Ministry of Education.

On Saturday, all five schools were again closed by the authorities.

The United Nations has repeatedly called on the Taliban to ensure respect for international human rights in the country.

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