Don’t let history repeat itself

South Asians For Human Rights, a regional network for human rights defenders, asked the Taliban to respect the rights of Afghan women, girls and children, including their right of work and education, as well as their right to access public space and to play a part in the government.

In a September 8 statement, it urged the Taliban not to repeat history.

The regional network highlighted the targeted attacks against women and girls, including journalists, rights defenders and journalists. It stated that it was "deeply worried" about the implications of Taliban rule in practice.

"We reject alarmist and Islamophobic narratives from media outlets that reproduce tired tropes suggesting that

It stated that Muslim women all over the world are oppressed and need'saviors'.

"Nevertheless, due to the Taliban's past in Afghanistan, we are deeply worried that advances in the area of gender and sexual right, especially in relation to bodily integrity and autonomy, education, and work, will be lost by the new regime."

Statement: The fight against imperialism-serving narratives cannot be used as a distraction from legitimate concerns about oppression of women, minorities and other issues.

It stated that "Given the historical track record of the Taliban, these concerns cannot be dismissed, denied or excluded from any future narrative about Taliban rule."

"We will continue to monitor the situation in Afghanistan closely and to use our collective resources and show our support for our sisters and the minorities of Afghanistan. This includes their right to participate in the development and implementation of policies, laws, and socio-political governance systems.

The statement stated that "Should there ever be any attempts at suppressing or oppressing them, as a group, we pledged that we would not stand idly and allow their voices to be silenced."


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