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What Did the US Representative “Say” to Anger Afghan Women?

Sughra Sadat

Bayan News – Rina Amiri, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation and Human Rights, has faced a wave of backlash from Afghan girls and women on social media, but the question is, what did she say to anger the women and girls of this country?

Recently, the Kabul Interim Government held two-day talks with US Special Representatives in Doha, Qatar. The talks were held with Tom West, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan, and Rina Amiri, the US Special Representative for Women and Human Rights in Afghanistan.

After the conclusion of the two-day talks, Rina Amiri described it as positive and said she is demanding improvements in the human rights situation of the Afghan people, according to a statement from the Kabul Interim Government.

Amiri specifically stated that, according to the “extensive insistence of Afghans and human rights defenders,” it is essential to have “direct engagement” with the Taliban on human rights, especially severe restrictions against women and girls, in talks with the Taliban delegation.

This tweet from the US Special Representative for Women and Human Rights in Afghanistan made Afghan women and girls very angry and caused Rina Amiri to face a wave of backlash on social media.

Leila Osmani, a social media user, asked the US representative to clarify her position, whether she is standing with the Taliban or Afghan women.

In her tweet, she added that Afghan women are currently the biggest opposition to the Islamic Emirate and that their name should not be misused.

Women’s rights activist Munisa Fight claims that Rina Amiri is a representative of US interests, not a representative of women who have been victims of the recent changes in the country.

“This claim by Ms. Amiri is a pure lie and no Afghan woman has given her the power to talk to representatives of the Islamic Emirate about the address of Afghan women protesters,” said the women’s rights activist.

Meanwhile, Fawzia Koofi, a former member of the Afghan House of Representatives, asked the US representative if the US has noticed that Afghan women have been considered under house arrest in an open prison for almost two years.

She expressed hope in a tweet that America pays attention to this issue.

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