Taliban will likely curtail Afghan women’s rights: US report

WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence companies are warning that any features in women’s rights in Afghanistan made within the final 20 years will be in danger after U.S. troops withdraw later this 12 months.

An unclassified report released Tuesday by the Director of National Intelligence says the Taliban stay “broadly consistent in its restrictive approach to women’s rights and would roll back much of the past two decades’ progress if the group regained national power.”

It’s the most recent U.S. warning of the implications of the Afghan withdrawal now underway, 20 years after an American-led coalition toppled the Taliban. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday that there might be “some really dramatic, bad possible outcomes” for Afghan forces left on their very own to counter the Taliban, but additionally famous, “We frankly don’t know yet.” And CIA Director William Burns instructed Congress in April that the American capability “to collect and act on threats will diminish.”

President Joe Biden has set a September deadline for U.S. forces to withdraw. While Biden and his high officers have pressured that they will not finish their engagement with Afghanistan or advocacy for human rights, the U.S. has additionally brazenly warned of features for the Taliban, which has been locked in an insurgency with coalition and Afghan forces and already controls swaths all through the nation.

US troops are expected to leave Afghanistan by this September.
US troops are anticipated to depart Afghanistan by September 2021.
Afghan Ministry of Defense Press Office by way of AP

During the Taliban’s rule within the Nineties, girls had been largely confined to their houses, and ladies had no entry to schooling. Despite protestations from the U.S. and Europe, the Taliban brutally enforced its excessive model of Islamic Sharia legislation with little consequence. It was solely after the U.S.-led invasion toppled the group that had hosted Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida community that democratic governance and respect for human rights in Afghanistan grew to become a Western precedence.

Two-thirds of Afghanistan’s inhabitants is 25 years previous or youthful, with no reminiscence of Taliban rule. While Afghanistan stays one of many world’s worst nations for girls, notably in rural areas the place little has modified in generations, Afghan girls now serve in Parliament, go to highschool and run companies.

But there are persistent fears that, because the U.S. has negotiated with the Taliban on an exit from Afghanistan, girls will be stripped of rights or as soon as once more be forced to wear the burqa, the all-encompassing veils that grew to become a logo of Taliban rule.

The Taliban final month issued a press release promising that ladies may “serve their society in the education, business, health and social fields while maintaining correct Islamic hijab,” referring to the Arabic phrase for veil.

But the report launched Tuesday underscores American skepticism of these pledges.

“The Taliban has seen minimal leadership turnover, maintains inflexible negotiating positions, and enforces strict social constraints in areas that it already controls,” the report says. Any progress in women’s rights “probably owes more to external pressure than domestic support, suggesting it would be at risk after coalition withdrawal.”

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Taliban could regain power in Afghanistan once American troops leave the country.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated the Taliban may regain energy in Afghanistan as soon as American troops go away the nation.
Frank Augstein/AP

Technology and worldwide stress may enhance the remedy of girls beneath the Taliban, analysts discovered. Afghanistan has about 27 million cellphone accounts, about two-thirds of its estimated inhabitants, which may doubtlessly improve the world’s consciousness of “extreme Taliban behavior,” the report says. And within the aftermath of a two-decade combat, worldwide consideration on the Taliban’s actions could also be heightened.

“The Taliban’s desires for foreign aid and legitimacy might marginally moderate its conduct over time,” the report says. “However, in the early days of reestablishing its Emirate, the Taliban probably would focus on extending control on its own terms.”

Secretary of State Antony Blinken has acknowledged {that a} Taliban takeover of the nation is feasible after the withdrawal. But he has additionally maintained that the group doesn’t need to be a pariah and will need to embrace or at the least tolerate the rights of girls, ladies and minorities if it desires to be considered as legit by the worldwide group.

The hassle with that, critics say, is that the Taliban have by no means proven curiosity in being accepted by the worldwide group and spent a lot of its time in energy within the Nineties and 2000-01 being shunned by each nearly each nation on Earth.

American and Afghan soldiers attend a handover ceremony from the U.S. Army to the Afghan National Army, at Camp Anthonic.
American and Afghan troopers attend a handover ceremony from the US Army to the Afghan National Army, at Camp Anthony.
Afghan Ministry of Defense Press Office by way of AP

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) stated in a press release that she would work with the Biden administration “however I can to ensure every effort is made to safeguard the progress made and support our partners on the ground to secure a stable and inclusive transitional government.”

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