Spain and UK have growing concerns for women and girls in Afghanistan

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Spain, the UK and others have signed a statement outlining their concerns for women and girls in Afghanistan.

The statement comes as reports of the murder of women for infractions against Taliban imposed rule surface.

The statement said, “We are deeply worried about Afghan women and girls, their rights to education, work and freedom of movement. We call on those in positions of power and authority across Afghanistan to guarantee their protection.

“Afghan women and girls, as all Afghan people, deserve to live in safety, security and dignity. Any form of discrimination and abuse should be prevented. We in the international community stand ready to assist them with humanitarian aid and support, to ensure that their voices can be heard.

“We will monitor closely how any future government ensures rights and freedoms that have become an integral part of the life of women and girls in Afghanistan during the last twenty years,” the statement added on August 18.

Meanwhile there are unconfirmed reports that the Afghan army has not deserted but that thousands of them are headed to the Panjshir Valley to join with the resistance forces, including remaining members of the US-trained elite Special Forces units, allegedly carrying with them equipment and weapons, including tanks, armoured vehicles, and mortars.


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Deirdre Tynan

Deirdre Tynan is an award-winning journalist who enjoys bringing the best in news reporting to Spain’s largest English-language newspaper, Euro Weekly News. She has previously worked at The Mirror, Ireland on Sunday and for news agencies, media outlets and international organisations in America, Europe and Asia. A huge fan of British politics and newspapers, Deirdre is equally fascinated by the political scene in Madrid and Sevilla. She moved to Spain in 2018 and is based in Jaen.

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