The international community has slammed the Taliban's Religious face-covering laws
According to media sources, the international world has condemned new laws imposed by the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan regarding women's facial coverings or hijab, which would be applied in two steps: encouragement and punishment.
According to Khaama Press, the Taliban's Ministry for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice said in a statement on Saturday that if a woman did not cover her face outside the home, her father or closest male relative would be summoned and eventually imprisoned or fired from government jobs.
According to the Ministry, the mandate was approved "in order to avoid provocation when meeting men who are not Mahram."
Mahram is a male who is permitted by Islam to be among women without the requirement for veils.
Authorities will "locate the residences of unveiled ladies and to counsel and warn the women's parents" in the initial stage.
"The woman's father or guardian is summoned to the relevant department in the second stage, and in the following steps, a case is lodged against the woman's father or parents, and the person's trial begins," according to the Ministry statement.
The administration advocated the all-encompassing blue burqa, known as 'Chadari,' which became a global icon of the Taliban's previous extreme regime from 1996 to 2001.
Women should "better stay at home" if there is no significant work outside, according to the declaration.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres slammed the measure, saying he is "alarmed" that "women must cover their faces in public and leave home only in cases of necessity."
"I once again urge the Taliban to keep their promises to Afghan women and girls, and their obligations under international human rights law," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday, according to TOLO News.
"Taliban continue to adopt policies oppressing women and girls as a substitute for addressing the economic crisis and need for inclusive government," said Rina Amiri, the US special envoy for Afghan women, girls, and human rights.
Concerns were also highlighted by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which stated it will immediately request talks with Taliban leaders to learn more about the decision's status.
"This decision defies many guarantees offered to the international community by Taliban leaders during conversations and negotiations over the last decade guaranteeing respect for and preservation of all Afghans' human rights, including those of women and girls."
"These assurances were repeated following the Taliban takeover in August 2021, that women would be afforded their rights, whether in work, education, or society at large," the Mission continued.
"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights," stated Jasper Wieck, Germany's special ambassador for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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