Taliban-controlled Afghanistan intends to look for seat on UN Human Rights Council: report

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A U.N. watchdog group has highlighted the chance that Taliban-managed Afghanistan could secure a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council in Oct.

U.N Observe tweeted out a push release speaking about the Maldives’ intention to operate for a seat on the Human Legal rights Council and mentioned that other candidates vying for the open up Asian seats include things like South Korea, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan. 

The U.N. Human Legal rights Council is no stranger to controversy and owning undemocratic, dictatorial users on the council is very little new. Previously this 12 months, Russia was voted off the council by the U.N. Common Assembly. 

Other controversial users consist of China, Cuba and Venezuela. 


Afghanistan would occupy a person of the fourteen seats up for election. The previous authorities of Afghanistan retains manage of the U.N. long lasting mission, but the Taliban nominated just one of its spokesmen to consider the situation as ambassador, a final decision remaining up to a 9-member credential committee that involves China, Russia and the United States. The committee has nevertheless to rule on the Taliban’s ask for.

U.N. Look at Govt Director Hillel Neuer termed it “two ways” for the Taliban to attain a seat on the council. 

The Human Rights Council scorecard on Afghanistan has much more marks from it than in aid of it. The latest Afghan governing administration has not ratified the nine core worldwide human legal rights treaties, nor has it made or published a approach for the implementation of Common Periodic Review recommendations.

Afghanistan Ambassador Nasir Ahmad Andisha speaks during a special session of the Human Rights Council on the situation in Afghanistan at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Aug. 24, 2021. 

Afghanistan Ambassador Nasir Ahmad Andisha speaks through a particular session of the Human Rights Council on the condition in Afghanistan at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Aug. 24, 2021. 
(Reuters/Denis Balibouse)

The U.N. convened an “urgent discussion” on Afghanistan July 1, addressing fears with regards to the Taliban’s control of the nation. A report from the U.N. Mission in Afghanistan introduced only a few weeks later confirmed the validity of several of the fears elevated in the aftermath of this alter in electrical power. 


The report pointed out that the Taliban have “limited dissent by cracking down on protests and curbing media freedoms,” also noting the erosion of the rights of gals and girls, including limits on the legal rights to entry education and learning and the place of work and participation in public existence. 

Taliban fighters stand guard next to a Taliban flag during a gathering where Afghan Hazara elders pledged support to the country's new Taliban rulers in Kabul Nov. 25, 2021.

Taliban fighters stand guard following to a Taliban flag for the duration of a collecting the place Afghan Hazara elders pledged assist to the country’s new Taliban rulers in Kabul Nov. 25, 2021.
(Aref Karimi/AFP by using Getty Visuals)

The report raised considerations that the Taliban act with “impunity,” and that nationwide financial, fiscal and humanitarian crisis has exacerbated the problem. 


“Instruction is not only a primary human ideal but the critical to the improvement of a nation,” explained Markus Potzel, the U.N. acting unique consultant for Afghanistan.

Taliban forces block roads around an airport, while a woman with a Burqa walks by in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 27, 2021. 

Taliban forces block roadways all around an airport, even though a lady with a Burqa walks by in Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 27, 2021. 
(REUTERS/Stringer )

“It is outside of time for all Afghans to be able to reside in peace and rebuild their life right after 20 years of armed conflict,” he added. “Our monitoring reveals that, despite the enhanced stability problem considering the fact that (August 15), the persons of Afghanistan, in individual ladies and girls, are deprived of the complete satisfaction of their human rights.” 

At minimum 59% of the populace is in require of humanitarian support, a substantial enhance of 6 million men and women due to the fact the start out of 2021, according to the report. 

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A U.N. Human Legal rights Council spokesman stressed that the Taliban do not have any representation on any U.N. human body and that it was Afghanistan that retains a representative at the long-lasting mission. A Basic Assembly spokesperson did not react to concerns on the U.N.’s stance pertaining to the pending conclusion. 

The U.S. stepped absent from the Human Rights Council in 2018 more than worries the group shielded human rights abusers and was “a cesspool of political bias.” President Biden sought re-election to the council soon after using business, securing a seat for the 2022-2024 time period. 

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