The United Nations Security Council meets on Thursday to discuss an Afghan Taliban order for women to cover their faces in public, a return to a signature policy of the Islamist group’s past hard rule and an escalation of restrictions. .
UN Special Envoy to Afghanistan Deborah Lyons will brief the 15-member council, said Norway’s UN mission, which called for the closed-door meeting “to address the increased restrictions on the human rights and freedoms of girls and women.” to grab”.
Under the previous Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001, women were required to cover up, were not allowed to work and girls were expelled from school. But after taking power in August, they pledged to respect women’s rights.
In March, however, the Taliban reversed their announcement that high schools would open to girls and said they would remain closed until a plan was drawn up in accordance with Islamic law to reopen them.
On Saturday, the group’s supreme leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, said that if a woman did not cover her face outside her home, her father or close male relative would be visited and could face jail time or discharge.
Most women in Afghanistan wear headscarves for religious reasons, but many in urban areas such as Kabul do not cover their faces.
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