The United States announced new sanctions against the Taliban as punishment for their repressive treatment of women and girls in Afghanistan.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken unveiled the new visa restriction policy for current or former members of the Taliban and others involved in suppressing women through restrictive policies and violence.
Mr. Blinken made the announcement on the occasion of the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl, which marks its tenth anniversary this year.
“As a grim example, for more than a year, Afghanistan remains the only country in the world where girls are systematically banned from going to school beyond the sixth grade, with no return date. view,” he said.
After returning to power in August 2021 following the withdrawal of US forces, the hardline Taliban banned girls from attending secondary school. But women are allowed to attend university.
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Speaking earlier, UN Secretary General António Guterres said he was deeply concerned about the exclusion of girls from school in Afghanistan.
He said it was “deeply damaging” not only to the girls themselves, but to the country as a whole.
“I once again urge the Taliban to let the girls learn,” he said.
A recent suicide bombing in a Kabul classroom killed and injured dozens of students as they prepared for exams.
The UN reported 53 dead, including 46 girls and young women.