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World’s Anger Ignites as the Taliban Returns to the “Dark Days”
Afghanistan Girls at School (seoul.co.kr)

When the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan last August, they vowed to respect women’s rights; however, recent acts have proven otherwise. Lately, the government has been introducing sexual discrimination policies and has been further putting Islamic orders forward through the Ministry for Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. Starting on March 23rd Ministry of Education declared to permit secondary education for girls. However, the Taliban reversed this policy at the last minute and proclaimed that they would prohibit education until the finalization of school uniforms under the Sharia and Afghanistan traditions. As a result, several girls and activists in large cities, including Kabul, marched in protest on March 26th, chanting, “Open the schools!” On March 25th, the Taliban prohibited women from flying unless accompanied by a male figure. Moreover, starting from March 28th, male government officials became subject to disciplinary action if they did not grow a beard. Taliban authorities say that the supreme leader Hibatullah Akhundzada demanded reversion to following the Islamic order during the Taliban leadership meeting held in Kandahar in mid-March. Despite the international community’s anger, the Taliban is trying to return to their first ruling period. Edward Price, a spokesperson for the United States Department of State, denounced that the “Taliban government backed out of a promise made with the international community, and that decision will negatively influence having international support.”

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