While Afghanistan’s Human Rights Watch sees the ruling emirate’s line to women as a way of imprisoning women in Afghan society, in the latest case, the Taliban’s government has responded to criticism from Human Rights Watch, which has issued a letter of recommendation. The Taliban have rejected a move to imprison women, banning them from traveling without a Muharram, calling it negative propaganda against them.
These allegations have now provoked a sharp reaction from the authorities of the Islamic Emirate. According to the officials of the Islamic Emirate, such allegations by human rights organizations that monitor the human rights situation and women in Afghanistan are an attempt to discredit the Emirate. It is Islamic. Enamullah Samangani, a spokesman for the Taliban-led government, tweeted that the human rights group’s statements were “pure propaganda.”
He stressed that the Taliban are committed to the rights of all citizens of the country, both men and women, and guarantee their right to work and education within Islamic law. Human Rights Watch, meanwhile, has criticized the Taliban’s directive imposing restrictions on women. The agency stressed that the Taliban’s recommendation banning women from traveling without a Muharram called for a move to imprison women.
Heather Barr, assistant director of women’s rights at Human Rights Watch, said the directive deprives women of opportunities to move freely, travel, trade, or escape violence. The Taliban Ministry of Promoting Virtue and Prohibiting Virtue has recently issued new guidelines for drivers. The guidelines advise drivers not to allow unveiled women to ride in their vehicles and refrain from riding women who travel more than 40 miles without a Muharram.
It is worth mentioning that with the fall of the previous government, the Taliban have imposed strict laws on the citizens. This is especially true in the area of women’s rights. The Taliban have not allowed women to work outside the home, nor have they allowed female students in the sixth grade to attend.