US to impose new sanctions against senior Taliban officials for their crackdown on women in Afghanistan

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Since the fundamentalists came to power, restrictions such as segregation by sex in public places, the imposition of the veil or the obligation to be accompanied by a male relative on long journeys

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USA will impose new sanctions against senior Taliban officials for their crackdown on women in Afghanistan

The US sanctioned and restricted the issuance of visas to senior Taliban officials for their repression of women. (REUTERS)

The US State Department announced Wednesday that it will impose visa restrictions for Taliban charges over the crackdown on women in Afghanistan, following the decision of the edicts that prevent Afghans from going to university or working in any NGO.

Through these decisions, the Taliban have once again demonstrated their disregard for the well-being of the Afghan people,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

Visa restrictions will apply to current and past officials, members of non-state security groups, and other individuals responsible for recent crackdowns.

In addition, family members of sanctioned persons are also susceptible to these restrictions.

Since the fundamentalists came to power a year and a half ago, women have experienced the reduction of their rights in Afghanistan with restrictions such as segregation by sex in public places, the imposition of the veil or the obligation to be accompanied by a male relative on long journeys.

In his statement, Blinken recalled that the actions of the taliban have taken more than a million women out of the classroomand Afghan girls, “and knocking countless women out of their jobs.”

US to impose new sanctions against senior Taliban officials for crackdown on women in Afghanistan

Since the fundamentalists came to power a year and a half ago, women have experienced the reduction of their rights in Afghanistan with restrictions such as segregation by sex in public places, the imposition of the veil or the obligation to be accompanied by a male relative. on long journeys. (AP)

The reality that Afghans live today is increasingly similar to the time of the first regime between 1996 and 2001, when in a rigid interpretation of Islam and its strict social code known as < b>pastun wali they banned female school attendance and confined women to the home.

For its part, the European Union is “weighing different options” against the Taliban in Afghanistan after vetoing women in university studies and in NGOs, the high representative of the European bloc for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, said on Wednesday.

“We are weighing different options, but our response to the Taliban must also be calibrated against the need to protect Afghans, save lives and assist the most vulnerable,” Borrell said in a speech read on his behalf by International Partnerships Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen, during a plenary session of the European Parliament.

The head of EU diplomacy admitted that “there is still a debate as to what to do< /b>” with the Taliban and warned that, in this context, “it will be essential to maintain unity and coordination with the UN and the NGOs” deployed in Afghanistan.

According to Borrell, The EU's priority is to prevent “the humanitarian level from falling further” in the Central Asian country, ruled by the Taliban regime since August 2021, whose authorities have banned university education and NGO work for women in last December.

US to impose new sanctions against senior Taliban officials for their crackdown on women in Afghanistan

The European Union is “weighing different options” against the Taliban in Afghanistan after vetoing women in university studies and in NGOs, the high representative of the European bloc for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, said on Wednesday. (AFP)

Borrell asserted that the EU “firmly denounces” both decisions and warned that, as a result of the ban on working in humanitarian organizations, NGOs “have been forced to make a pause in Afghanistan” as, he said, “female personnel are essential for aid delivery.”

“In the dead of winter, with temperatures reaching It is 30 degrees below zero and with more than 28 million Afghans in need of humanitarian aid, the Taliban have taken the decision to prevent the delivery of aid and assistance services to those who need it most,” he said, referring to women and children.

The EU has sent 490 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan since the The Taliban returned to power after the withdrawal of US troops deployed in the Central Asian country.

(With information from EFE)

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