A new intelligence report says women’s rights will be threatened after the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
The Taliban would “reverse much” of progress made in the area of Afghan women’s rights if the fighting group regained national power, according to an assessment released Tuesday by leading US intelligence analysts.
The US National Intelligence Council report will likely reinforce fears that the Taliban will resume the harsh treatment women and girls suffered under their 1996-2001 regime if the group were to win outright. civil war.
“The Taliban remain broadly consistent in their restrictive approach to women’s rights and would undo much of the past two decades of progress if the group regained national power,” the US intelligence community’s main analytical body said.
At the same time, the council’s “Sense of the Community Memorandum” said women’s rights would likely be threatened after the US-led military coalition. withdraws, a finding reflecting the conservative nature of Afghan male-dominated society.
“Progress [in women’s rights] probably owes more to external pressure than internal support, which suggests that he would be in danger after the withdrawal of the coalition, even without the Taliban’s efforts to reverse him, ”according to the assessment.
US President Joe Biden decision last month to withdraw the last few thousand troops – triggering a withdrawal of other foreign forces – is increasing fears Afghanistan could plunge into all-out civil war that could bring back the Taliban Power.
These concerns have been fueled by a stalemate in US-backed peace talks as the Taliban have intensified attacks on government forces after the missed May 1 deadline for the departure of US troops.
Before being expelled by the US-led invasion in 2001, the Taliban imposed a harsh version of the rule that prohibited school girls and women from working outside their homes and forbidding them to be in public without a male relative.
Women who broke these rules have often been humiliated and beaten in public by the Taliban religious police.
The new report notes, however, that many of these practices continue in government-controlled areas and that “years of war have left millions of women mutilated, widowed, impoverished and displaced”.
Advances in women’s rights have been touted as a significant achievement in the 20 years that US-led forces have been deployed, albeit primarily in urban centers.
The Biden administration has pledged to continue civilian assistance after U.S. troops leave, including programs for women. But he warned that Afghanistan would suffer from isolation and sanctions if it reneged on human rights.
A February 2020 agreement between the United States and the Taliban, reached by the Donald Trump administration, clarified the May 1 deadline for the completion of the withdrawal of American troops from America’s longest war.
Biden, however, decided to complete the withdrawal before the anniversary of September 11, 2001, the Al Qaeda attacks on the United States that sparked the US-led invasion.