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European Parliament adopts resolutions on human rights in Afghanistan

BRUSSELS — The European Parliament on Thursday adopted two resolutions emphasizing the importance of human rights in Afghanistan and Venezuela, addressing the repressive environment and calling for significant reforms.

March 15, 2024

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The resolution highlights public executions, violence against women, and the erosion of judicial independence in Afghanistan, expressing profound concern over the humanitarian and human rights crisis. The Taliban’s enforcement of Sharia law and the exclusion of women and girls from public life amount to gender persecution and apartheid, the parliament stated.

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) demand the immediate restoration of women’s and girls’ full participation in public life, including their rights to education and employment. They urge Afghanistan’s de facto authorities to abolish capital punishment, cease public executions, and end persecution and discriminatory policies against women, LGBTQ+ individuals, ethnic, and religious minorities.

The resolutions stipulate that any EU engagement with the Taliban must adhere to strict conditions outlined by the Council and follow recommendations from the UN Special Rapporteur.

Additionally, the European Parliament supports calls from Afghan civil society to hold the de facto authorities accountable for their actions, advocating for an investigation by the International Criminal Court, the establishment of a UN Independent Investigative Mechanism, and the expansion of EU restrictive measures.

The resolution regarding Afghanistan was adopted with 513 votes in favor, 9 against, and 24 abstentions.



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