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Taliban Unmoved By UN Call To Lift Bans On Afghan Women, Girls

ISLAMABAD — Afghanistan’s Taliban rejected a fresh call Thursday from the United Nations to remove what it says are “punishing restrictions” on the impoverished country’s female population.

The rebuke comes a day after a meeting of the U.N. Security Council was told the restrictions block Afghan women and girls from accessing education and work and participating in public life at large.

Since regaining control of Afghanistan in August 2021, the Taliban has banned girls from universities and teenage girls from attending schools beyond the sixth grade. They have also ordered most public sector female employees to stay at home. Women have also been barred from visiting parks and gyms.

Responding to the criticism from the U.N., the Taliban-led foreign ministry in Kabul called the remarks an interference in the country’s internal affairs.

“The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan remains committed to international norms and obligations that do not contradict the principles of Islamic law, contravene Afghanistan’s cultural norms or undermine our national interests,” the statement said, using the official name of the Taliban government.

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