New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has urged Taleban to respect human rights


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern urged Taleban authorities to respect human rights in Afghanistan by allowing women to continue working and studying and enabling foreigners and Afghans to leave the country. As US-led forces fled and Western nations hurried to evacuate their citizens, Taleban fighters grabbed possession of the presidential palace in Kabul late on Sunday.
“I’d simply like to ask those who have made these measures in recent days to recognise what the international community has called for – human rights and the protection of their people,” Ms. Ardern said at a news conference in Wellington.
“Women and girls should be able to work and receive an education, as this is what we want to see. These are items that they haven’t had access to in the past because of Taleban-led administration “she stated.
Ms. Ardern stated that the situation in Afghanistan had worsened considerably more quickly than expected. New Zealanders and some Afghans who cooperated with New Zealand organizations are being evacuated, she added.
Ms. Ardern added that some 37 Afghans had been identified as having operated with the New Zealand Defence Forces. She said that efforts will be made to remove these persons and their dependents and that a C-130 military plane and crew would be dispatched to assist with the evacuation.
The Taleban have made a statement promising to defend people’s lives and property while promoting peace and security. They also announced that anyone who worked for US-led foreign forces and the previous government would face amnesty.
The entire world is keeping an eye on you. Taleban is claiming to be the type of government they want to be. Ms. Ardern added, “We would beg them to enable people to depart securely.”
“It’s not an issue of trust; it’ll all come down to actions, not words,” she explained.


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