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G7 Reiterate Taliban Women Treatment May Be ‘Crime Against Humanity’

AFGHAN female student in exam hall

G7 foreign ministers demanded that the Taliban’s treatment of women and girls in Afghanistan may constitute “a crime against humanity” and called for the lifting of the restriction on women enrolling in higher education.

Following virtual negotiations, the ministers of the club of rich nations issued a statement saying that Taliban policies intended to exclude women from public life would have an impact on how their countries interact with the Taliban.

With their declaration this week prohibiting women from higher education, Afghanistan‘s Taliban authorities, who had previously promised a softer rule when they returned to power last year, have sparked outcry around the world.

The extreme In March, Islamists already prohibited girls from enrolling in secondary schools.

The G7 ministers stated that both judgments should be overturned “without delay.”

They said, referring to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, “Gender persecution may amount to a crime against humanity under the Rome Statute, to which Afghanistan is a state party.”

According to Afghanistan‘s commitments under international law, “the G7 nations stand with all Afghans in their quest to enjoy their human rights,” they continued.

The academic prohibition, according to German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, is another step “towards the Stone Age,” since her nation currently holds the rotating G7 presidency.

She stated at a press conference in Berlin that “women and girls in Afghanistan aren’t just not permitted in institutions anymore, they aren’t allowed in parks, they aren’t allowed to step outside the door exposed, and they aren’t allowed to learn.” she also added, “The Taliban are removing everything that gives women and girls in Afghanistan a quality of life. And living goes beyond merely surviving.”

Britain, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Japan, and the United States make up the G7.

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