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Taliban’s order for the United Nations to stop female employees from going to work in Afghanistan
(Statement by Press Secretary ONO Hikariko)

April 7, 2023
  1. On April 6 (April 5 local time), the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) announced that it received an order from the Taliban to prohibit female employees from going to work.
  2. Last year, the Taliban suspended girls' secondary and higher education, and issued a notice to national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in Afghanistan to prohibit female employees from going to work. Japan is deeply concerned with the situation and strongly condemns the Taliban’s further restrictions on the rights of women despite repeated efforts by Japan and the international community to call on the Taliban to change their course of action.
  3. In Afghanistan, which is in a serious humanitarian crisis, UN agencies play an important role in delivering assistance to the Afghan people. A series of measures taken by the Taliban over the past year may further endanger many Afghan people, who depend on the humanitarian assistance,
  4. Japan will continue to work with the international community to urge the Taliban to reverse its oppressive measures, including restrictions on the rights of women and girls, while continuing our own efforts to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan.

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