Female Afghan MPs who escaped Taliban launch new women’s parliament in exile

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Feminine MPs from Afghanistan who escaped the Taliban have launched a brand new girls’s parliament to champion human rights whereas in exile in Greece.

Virtually half of feminine Afghan MPs and senators are actually dwelling in Greece the place they’ll proceed to marketing campaign for ladies’s rights in Afghanistan, in addition to supporting the resettlement of refugees.

Nazifa Bek, a former Afghan lawmaker who launched the challenge, stated: “Our work isn’t achieved. We have been elected by the Afghan individuals to signify them.

“Our individuals, particularly girls and women, and people dwelling in poverty, are dealing with a extreme humanitarian disaster and a crackdown on their rights by the Taliban. We are going to proceed to serve them wherever we’re.”

Mina’s Listing, a marketing campaign group supporting the parliament in exile, warned that Afghan feminine lawmakers “went straight to the highest of the Taliban’s kill lists” after the hardline Islamist group swept to energy in mid-August because the US and British forces withdrew.

The charity, which has been working to enhance girls’s political participation in Afghanistan since 2014, stated: “They turned targets for kidnapping, torture, and assassination by Taliban forces. Those that haven’t but managed to flee dwell in fixed worry of Taliban reprisal.”

Earlier than the Taliban seized Kabul, girls parliamentarians constituted 27 per cent of the Afghan parliament, often called the Wolesi Jirga or “Home of the Individuals”.

About 28 girls MPs primarily based in Greece are a part of the challenge, which will likely be open to all feminine Afghan MPs – together with those that are nonetheless in Afghanistan or have been relocated to different nations – to participate within the parliament’s discussions remotely by way of video name.

The feminine politicians and their households primarily based in Greece have utilized for everlasting resettlement in international locations together with the UK, America, Switzerland, Germany, and Canada, however might stay in Greece for as much as six months earlier than leaving.

The final time the Taliban dominated Afghanistan, girls have been barred from working, women have been blocked from going to highschool, and girls needed to be chaperoned by a male family member in the event that they wished to depart the home.

Hamida Ahmadzai, one other MP who’s chair of the Ladies’s Parliament Committee, stated: “The Taliban has destroyed twenty years of progress in Afghanistan in a matter of weeks. We should proceed to struggle for the rights of our individuals and save those that are in mortal hazard below this new regime.

“We name on the worldwide group to stay steadfast of their humanitarian and diplomatic assist of the Afghan individuals whereas denying the Taliban the appropriate to legitimacy.”

Tanya Henderson, founder and government director of Mina’s Listing, added: “At the moment, these exceptional girls have discovered the energy to proceed their work as parliamentarians. Regardless of dropping every part, Afghan girls are nonetheless main.”

The charity warned girls parliamentarians previously in energy in Afghanistan have been “more and more sidelined” from discussions between America and the Taliban.

Final week, The Impartial reported that journalists in Afghanistan are dealing with loss of life threats and harsh new guidelines, that are significantly affecting girls.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned that the Taliban’s clampdown on the press is escalating, with journalists compelled to have their articles to authorised earlier than they are often revealed.

Moreover, new guidelines unveiled by the Taliban’s Ministry for the Promotion of Advantage and Prevention of Vice have blocked cleaning soap operas and dramas from together with girls actors.