Saudi Arabia urges Taliban to reverse university ban for Afghan women

Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry on Wednesday expressed regret over the decision by Afghanistan’s Taliban-led government to suspend the access to the university to the students and called on the Taliban to reverse the measure, the official Saudi press agency (SPA) reported.

The Taliban’s ban on university education for women is contradictory to “giving Afghan women all their legal rights, chief among which is the right to education, which contributes to supporting security, stability, development and the prosperity of Afghanistan and its sister people,” the ministry said. said in a statement released by SPA.

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The Taliban on Tuesday suspended university access for female students, drawing condemnation from foreign governments and complicating the Taliban administration’s efforts to gain international recognition.

The following are reactions from the United Nations, foreign governments, and human rights groups.

Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the United Nations:

“It is another very worrying movement and it is difficult to imagine how the country can develop, face all the challenges it has, without the active participation of women and the education of women.”

Antony Blinken, United States Secretary of State:

“Deeply shocked by the Taliban’s announcement to deny women the right to a university education. Afghan women deserve better. Afghanistan deserves better.”

“The Taliban have just definitively backtracked on their goal of being accepted by the international community.”

Qatar Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

“The State of Qatar expresses its deep concern and disappointment at the Afghan interim government’s decision to suspend girls’ and women’s studies in Afghan universities.

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“As a Muslim country where women enjoy all their rights, especially education, the State of Qatar calls on the Afghan interim government to review its decision in accordance with the teachings of the Islamic religion on women’s rights.”

Annalena Baerbock, German Foreign Minister:

“By destroying the future of girls and women in Afghanistan, the Taliban decided to destroy the future of their own country. I will put the issue on the G7 agenda tomorrow. The Taliban can try to make women invisible, but they won’t succeed: the world is watching.”

Barbara Woodward, British Ambassador to the United Nations:

“(It is) another egregious restriction of women’s rights and a deep, deep disappointment to every single student. It is also another step for the Taliban to move away from a prosperous and self-sufficient Afghanistan.”

Melanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada:

“The Taliban announced that they are suspending female students from attending universities, denying them the prospect of a better life. Equal access to all levels of education is a right to which all women and girls are entitled. We condemn this scandalous violation.”

Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

“We firmly believe that every man and woman has the inherent right to education in accordance with the injunctions of Islam. We strongly urge the Afghan authorities to review this decision.”

Agnes Callamard, Secretary General, Amnesty International:

“It is hate, another expression of violence to maintain and preserve the power of men over women, to keep women in a small space without air. This is what the Taliban are doing with Afghanistan. A prison for women.

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With Reuters.

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