A day after the Taliban issued a new directive on Islamic dress, a spokesman for the group’s Ministry of Promoting Virtue and Prohibiting Evil said: “the Burqa is not mandatory.”
In response to widespread negative reactions to the Taliban’s imposition of an “Islamic” Hijab on women, the Ministry of Promoting Virtue and Prohibiting Virtue has stated that it is not mandatory for women to wear the “Burqa” and that they can wear tent and other Islamic veils.
The compulsion to wear the burqa was one of the symbols of the five-year rule of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (1996-2001). Zalmai Khalilzad, Donald Trump’s administration’s special envoy for peace talks with the Taliban, had assured the Taliban that the Taliban were not as 20 years ago when the US signed a ceasefire agreement.
A new 4-item decree announced yesterday sets new rules on Hijab limits for women in Afghanistan
According to the ruling, which was read out at a meeting of the Taliban at the Ministry of PromotingVirtue and Forbiding Evil, all women are required to observe the Islamic Hijab, and it is emphasized that the wrongdoers will be dealt severely.
Akef Mohajer spokesman for the Taliban’s Ministry of Promoting Virtue and Prohibiting Evil, said: “today (Sunday, May 8, 2022), explaining the group leader’s new decree on Hijab, that women are not required to wear Burqa.
He added that the ministry’s announced plan for Hijab explicitly and states that the burqa and tent will be considered Hijab.
The spokesman for the Ministry of Promoting Virtue and Prohibiting Evil, known as the Taliban, continued: “Hijab is a divine commandment and this commandment should be respected in Afghanistan as well.”
He also called on Western countries to respect Afghanistan’s laws; Because, according to him, Afghanistan also respects their laws.
The new four-item decree announced yesterday introduced new laws on the limits of hijab for women in Afghanistan.
According to the ruling, which was read out at a meeting of the Taliban at the Ministry of Promotoing the Virtue and Forbidding the Evil, all women are required to observe the Islamic Hijab, and it is emphasized that those who violate the law will be dealt with severely.
The Ministry of Promotion and Prohibition of the Taliban has announced that women who work in government offices and do not observe the Hijab will be fired.
Also, if the women and girls of government officials do not observe the Hijab, they will be suspended from work.
Also, if the women and girls of government officials do not observe the hijab, they will be suspended from work.
Since the announcement of this order, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Afghanistan, the UN Secretary-General and the UN Office in Afghanistan have expressed serious concern about the situation of women in Afghanistan and called on the Taliban to take action. Reconsider.
Guttierez tweeted this morning (Sunday, May 8): “I am concerned about the Taliban’s (decision) that women should cover their faces in public and leave the house only when necessary.”
She called on the Taliban to live up to their promises to Afghan women and girls and their commitments under international human rights law.
By following reactions to the Taliban’s forced Hijab on Afghan women, Human Rights Watc
h has called it a violation of women’s rights.
Heidar Barr, deputy director of the women’s section of Human Rights Watch said: “Reacting to the Taliban’s decision on the Hijab the decision was aimed at removing women and girls from public life.”
The Taliban’s Ministry of Promoting Virtue and Prohibiting Virtue has declared adult women Hijab observance “mandatory and necessary” and has said that wearing Burqa is the best type of Hijab”.
The ministry said the head of the women without Hijab would be summoned, jailed for three days and even tried and punished in court.
The deputy director of the women’s section of Human Rights Watch said: “The Taliban’s decision was to place women and girls under the “cover and property” of their male relatives without autonomy.”
Ms. Barr has said that the way the world reacts to these actions affects the rights of women all over the world.
Concerning about the Taliban’s decision wearing the Hijab, the UNHCR office in Kabul (UNAMA) said: “the decision could make interaction with the international community more difficult.”
According to a UNAMA statement, Taliban officials stated that women should cover their faces in public and leave the house if necessary, and that violating the directive would lead to punishment.
UNAMA said that, based on the information received by the agency, this is a formal guideline, not a recommendation that will be implemented.
UNAMA added that it would immediately seek a meeting with Taliban officials to clarify the status of the decision, as well as consult with members of the international community about the consequences.
Van Brandt EU Ambassador to Afghanistan reacting to the Taliban’s decision, called the Taliban’s violation of “the freedom of half of Afghanistan’s population” a challenge to the group’s continued rule.
He tweeted that the Taliban’s continued address to the “least important” issues and ignoring the food crisis, health, education and the economy is another challenge facing the Taliban government.
He also believes that the Taliban’s actions are “alienating” donors and the community, which is a problem for the Taliban.