A member of Taliban speaks with female students outside the Kabul Education University in Kabul, Afghanistan, February 26, 2022. Photo: Reuters
Females have been denied access to universities by Afghanistan’s Taliban-run higher education ministry until further notice, leading to condemnation by the United States, Britain and the United Nations.
A letter, confirmed by a spokesperson for the higher education ministry, instructed Afghan public and private universities to suspend access to female students immediately, in accordance with a Cabinet decision.
On Wednesday, Hundreds of young women were stopped by armed guards from entering Afghan university campuses.
Despite promising flexible rule after seizing power last year, the Afghan regime has brought restrictions on virtually every aspect of women’s lives, ignoring international outrage.
“The Taliban cannot expect to be a legitimate member of the international community until they respect the rights of all Afghans, especially the human rights and fundamental freedom of women and girls,” U.S. Deputy U.N. Ambassador Robert Wood told the council, describing the move as “absolutely indefensible.”
“This decision will come with consequences for the Taliban,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.
Writing by Muzha Kucha