Mr. Mahmoud Saikal (University of Canberra) speaking during EFSAS Side-event/Webinar - 49th Session of UNHRC
Mr. Mahmoud Saikal, Adjunct Professor at the University of Canberra, Chair of Kabul Association of Integrity, Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan and Ambassador to the United Nations & Australia, initially noted that human rights violations have become commonplace under Taliban rule and that the Taliban has recently unleashed a new wave of restrictions, including the arbitrary arrests and execution of dissidents, arbitrary searches, gender segregation in public spaces, and the systemic denial of female access to mobility, work, and education. Male government employees have been forced to pray, grow a beard, and wear traditional clothes, whilst the Taliban have also banned foreign media outlets and restricted the operations of domestic media outlets. To bolster the ranks of its suicide divisions, the Taliban has started to recruit orphans.
Mr. Mahmoud Saikal speaking during EFSAS Side-event/Webinar on the sidelines of 49th Session of UNHRC