UN revokes travel privileges for two Taliban education officials

21/6/2022 1:25:00 PM

UN revokes travel privileges for two Taliban education officials

https://str.sg/wuaPUNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - The United Nations on Monday (June 20) banned two Taliban officials from travelling abroad in response to the harsh restrictionstheir hardline group has imposed on Afghan women,diplomats told AFP.

Travel exemptions permitting 15 Taliban officials to go abroad for talks and negotiations were set to expire on Monday.For 13 officials the travel exemptions were extended for at least two months, but they were scrapped for two education officials in response to the Taliban's decision to ban secondary girls' education.

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sg/wuaP UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - The United Nations on Monday (June 20) banned two Taliban officials from travelling abroad in response to the harsh restrictions their hardline group has imposed on Afghan women, diplomats told AFP. Travel exemptions permitting 15 Taliban officials to go abroad for talks and negotiations were set to expire on Monday. "We are being forced to make the heartbreaking decision to cut food rations for refugees who rely on us for their survival," said WFP executive director David Beasley. For 13 officials the travel exemptions were extended for at least two months, but they were scrapped for two education officials in response to the Taliban's decision to ban secondary girls' education. The British government did not comment on the circumstances of the men's release or why they had been imprisoned, but a Taliban spokesperson said they had violated Afghan laws and traditions. According to a diplomat who spoke on condition of anonymity, the officials now banned from travelling are Said Ahmad Shaidkhel, the deputy education minister, and Abdul Baqi Basir Awal Shah - also known as Abdul Baqi Haqqani - the minister of higher education. In West Africa - specifically Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger - WFP had"significantly" reduced rations. Since seizing power in August, the Taliban have rolled back marginal gains made by Afghan women during the past two decades, limiting their access to education, government jobs and freedom of movement. “The incident is not only irrelevant, but also highly inflammatory — touching on one of the most contentious issues in our society, accusations of excessive force by police officers.

In March, supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada ordered secondary schools for girls to shut, just hours after they reopened for the first time since the Taliban returned to power. On Tuesday, the WFP appealed for US$426 million to stave off famine in South Sudan , where years of conflict and floods have forced millions of people from their homes. The statement said Britain welcomed the release. The decree, which stops hundreds of thousands of teenage girls from attending schools, was met with international outrage. A top Taliban education official criticised the latest UN decision as"superficial and unjust".3 million people, including refugees, expected to face"severe acute hunger" this year. "Such decisions will only make the situation more critical," deputy minister of higher education Lutfullah Khairkhwa told AFP." The statement concluded,"The UK government regrets this episode. After difficult negotiations, the UN's Taliban Sanctions Committee compromised on an extension for the 13 other Taliban leaders for"60 days + 30 days", diplomats told AFP. On Saturday, the EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell accused Russia of choosing to"weaponise" grain exports by blocking grain from Ukraine destined for poor countries. They told the inmates not to make noise as the pair continued laughing and talking.

Some countries were in favour of revoking all of the travel exemptions due to the deterioration of women's rights, but others objected, according to diplomats. Under the terms of the agreement, the exemption will automatically be extended for 13 Taliban leaders in the third month"unless objected by any Council member", a diplomatic source said. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said the war could"tip tens of millions of people over the edge into food insecurity". The men were detained during the chaotic weeks following the US exit from Afghanistan, when thousands of Afghans were trying to flee the country and the Taliban were struggling to maintain order. More On This Topic .