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Taliban Cabinet Not Yet Pro to Women

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Not even a month since the new Taliban government took control of Afghanistan on August 15, 2021, the cabinet formed and announced on Wednesday (7/9) local time by the Taliban was considered by many to be a conservative and non-inclusive cabinet.

The cabinet was considered not to have fulfilled the Taliban's promise when declaring its victory in Afghanistan. Previously, the Taliban had promised to form an inclusive and representative government. But among 33 officials of their new government, not a single one is a woman. In addition, all of them are members or figures who have relations with the Taliban.

Quoting Antara News Agency, Head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Ali Shamkhani said that  the Taliban government has clearly shown no respect for human rights, especially women. For example, they prohibit Afghan women, including the country's cricket team, from carrying out sports activities.

In addition, the Taliban also do not allow demonstrations and other protests unless they have permission from the authorities.

Tehran has previously called for the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan, with the participation of all political and ethnic groups in the country. Ali Shamkhani also expressed concern over foreign interference and the use of military means in addressing the demands of Afghanistan's various ethnic groups.

Apart from Tehran, a number of countries, such as the United States, the European Union, Qatar and Indonesia said that the new government formed by the Taliban had failed to fulfill their promise to build an inclusive government, a government that is able to accept various forms of diversity and difference.

The absence of women in the Afghan government certainly raises questions about the Taliban's commitment to protecting and respecting the rights of women and girls. The commitment that has been conveyed is clearly the wrong signal about their purported goal of building an inclusive, strong and prosperous society.

The world is waiting for the Taliban to realize their promises and commitments to international law, while hoping that Afghan society will become an open society. The Taliban government should not protect or become a base for terrorist groups inside or outside Afghanistan.

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