UNAMA Report and Taliban’s Strong Response; Women Arrested for Improper Hijab

Bayan News – The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has released a new report on the human rights situation in Afghanistan, particularly concerning women and girls. The report expresses concern over the detention of women by the Taliban for not observing proper hijab.

The report, published on Monday (January 22), examines the human rights situation in Afghanistan during the last three months of 2023. It states that restrictions on women, detentions of human rights defenders and media personnel have continued.

UNAMA explicitly mentions certain areas in western Kabul and the Khairkhana district where girls have been detained for not observing proper hijab.

According to the UNAMA report, in addition to the detention of girls, several others have received verbal warnings for not observing proper hijab.

Recently, the detention of girls, mainly from western Kabul, has sparked reactions on social media.

Zabihullah Mujahid had previously stated that some girls were promoting improper hijab under the influence of foreign circles, and no girl has been detained. He emphasized that foreign media misinterpreted the situation.

On the other hand, the UNAMA report also mentions other cases where Taliban authorities have interrogated women for traveling without a male companion for an extended period. It has also been recommended to drivers not to transport women without a male companion.

The Taliban spokesperson stated in their statement that the report focuses heavily on the implementation of “Islamic laws,” which they believe is a result of UNAMA’s ignorance of Islamic laws and, in some cases, criticism of “Islamic laws.”

Zabihullah Mujahid strongly reacted to the UNAMA report, considering it an insult to the beliefs and faith of the Afghan people.

He stated, “The hijab of women, the necessity of legal companionship for women, creating a legal environment for work and education for women, the implementation of legal punishments by courts, and preventing ideological and religious deviations in society are all religious obligations of a committed Islamic government.”

Mujahid added that if the mentioned issues are criticized by UNAMA or deemed contrary to human rights, it is an insult to the beliefs and faith of the people.

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