The 54th Session of the Human Rights Council
11 September - 13 October 2023
Item 2: ID on OHCHR report on Afghanistan
12th September 2023
Joint Statement with Association Ma’onah for Human Rights and Immigration and Geneva International Centre for Justice
Delivered by Lené Sophia Strydom / GICJ
Thank you Mr. Vice President
As we reflect upon the past two years, since the Taliban's takeover in August 2021, it is clear that the situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated, with human rights violations intensifying. The international community must remain steadfast in its commitment to protect the rights and dignity of all Afghans. Collaborative efforts are essential to deliver humanitarian aid, support civil society organisations, and amplify the voices of those suffering under the Taliban's rule.
The Taliban have systematically infringed upon the fundamental rights of women, girls, and all citizens, undermining the values of freedom, equality, and justice.
The Taliban's rule has brought about a series of oppressive policies that have left women and girls without the basic fundamental rights– freedom of movement, the right to work, access to education and healthcare. These are not mere inconveniences; but violations of the core of human rights.
Furthermore, the Taliban have shown no restraint in their use of violence. Revenge killings, enforced disappearances, and summary executions have become distressingly common, targeting not only former government officials but also alleged members of the Islamic State. These actions undermine any semblance of justice and due process.
Let us remember that the struggle for human rights and justice in Afghanistan is far from over.
Association Ma’onah for Human Rights and Geneva International Centre for Justice (GICJ) condemns the actions occurring in Afghanistan and feel we cannot afford to stand idly by as these violations persist. It is our moral duty to advocate for a brighter, more equitable future for the people of Afghanistan.