UNITED STATES: According to diplomats familiar with the situation, the UN on Monday barred two Taliban leaders from traveling in protest of the new authorities’ harsh restrictions on Afghan women.
The travel exemptions that allowed 15 Taliban members to go overseas for talks were slated to expire on Monday.
The traveling permits were renewed for at least 2 months for 13 authorities, but they were revoked for two education officials because the Taliban restricts girls’ and women’s access to higher education.
As per a diplomatic authorized to speak publicly on condition of anonymity, Said Ahmad Shaidkhel, the interim deputy education minister, and Abdul Baqi Basir Awal Shah, better known as Abdul Baqi Haqqani, the current Minister of Higher Education, have been barred from leaving.
The Taliban had pulled back modest advances gained by Afghan women over the last twenty years since gaining power in August, restricting their access to school, government positions, and free movement of people.
The UN’s Taliban Security Committee agreed to a “60 days + 30 days” extend for the Thirteen Taliban commanders after arduous discussions, officials told AFP.
According to diplomats, some nations supported withdrawing all travel exemptions owing to the degradation of women’s rights, while others protested.
According to the rules of the agreement, the exclusion for the 13 Taliban commanders would be automatically renewed in the 3rd month “unless another Council member objects,” according to a diplomatic source.