Thursday 22 February 2024
February 19, 2024
At Afghanistan Meeting, UN's Guterres Pledges Work To Appoint Envoy
Women's rights were high on the agenda as special envoys from more than two dozen nations, but not including Taliban representatives, gathered in the Qatari capital for the second day of a UN-sponsored meeting on the “evolving situation” in Afghanistan and possible international engagement.
February 18, 2024
Former Envoy Gives Pessimistic Assessment Of Taliban As Crucial UN Meeting Opens
A former British diplomat and NATO representative in Afghanistan says he is not optimistic about the situation in the war-torn country as its Taliban leaders continue to restrict rights and freedoms, especially for women.
February 18, 2024
International Envoys Discuss Afghan Engagement In Doha; Taliban Rejects Invite
Special envoys from more than two dozen countries gathered in the Qatari capital to discuss the "evolving situation" in Afghanistan and possible international engagement since the Taliban’s takeover of the country in mid-2021, organizers of the UN-led event said on February 18.
February 17, 2024
Afghan Women Fear Going Out Alone Due To Taliban Decrees On Clothing, Male Guardians, UN Says
Afghan women feel scared or unsafe leaving their home alone because of Taliban decrees and enforcement campaigns on clothing and male guardians, according to a report from the UN Mission in Afghanistan.
February 03, 2024
Amnesty International Demands Release Of Afghan Educational Activists Held By Taliban
Amnesty International called on Afghanistan’s de facto Taliban rulers to free two activists working for the Fekre Behtar educational organization, who the rights group said were “arbitrarily arrested” in October 2023 in Kabul.
January 31, 2024
'All Doors Are Closed' For Single And Unaccompanied Afghan Women Under The Taliban
The Taliban has imposed strict rules for women who are unmarried or do not have a male guardian, or mahram. The extremist group has severely restricted their access to work, travel, and health care. One woman who spoke to RFE/RL said single women have no "rights or opportunities" under Taliban rule.
January 28, 2024
Kim Jong Un's 'Infidel' Hairstyle A Fashion Sin Under New Taliban Rules
The Taliban is known for a lot of things, but its affinity for Western -- and now communist -- hair fashion isn't one of them. In its latest rules, the hard-line Islamist group has warned barbers in Afghanistan not to provide haircuts that make their customers look like the "infidels."
January 25, 2024
Madrasahs Go Mainstream: Taliban To Grant University Degrees To Religious Students In New Blow To Secular Education
The Taliban has said it will grant the equivalent of high school diplomas and bachelor's and master's degrees to thousands of madrasah graduates. The move is seen as an attempt to undermine secular education in Afghanistan.
January 16, 2024
Afghan Women Accuse Taliban Of Torture And Extortion Amid Dress Code Crackdown
In recent weeks, the Taliban has launched a crackdown on Afghan women and girls accused of violating the extremist group's strict dress code. Some of the women and their relatives have told RFE/RL's Radio Azadi that they were humiliated and tortured in Taliban detention.