The U.N. introduced on April 11 that the pinnacle of its political mission in Afghanistan, Roza Otunbayeva, would perform an “operational evaluation” of its actions within the nation till Might 5.
The mission, often known as UNAMA, put out an announcement in Kabul on Friday, reiterating its dedication “to remain and ship on behalf of the lads, girls and youngsters of Afghanistan” and interesting to donors to maintain funding humanitarian help, U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq mentioned.
“For now, we will solely say that U.N. entities on the bottom in Afghanistan proceed to debate acceptable working modalities,” Haq informed reporters on the U.N. headquarters in New York. “In the meantime, humanitarian operations proceed to be undertaken.”
On April 5, Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers knowledgeable the United Nations that Afghan girls employed with the U.N. mission might now not report for work. It was the most recent in sweeping restrictions imposed by the Taliban since they seized energy in Afghanistan in August 2021 as U.S. and NATO troops had been withdrawing from the nation after 20 years of warfare.
The Taliban beforehand banned women from going to high school past the sixth grade and ladies from most public life and work. In December, they banned Afghan girls from working at native and non-governmental teams — a measure that on the time didn’t prolong to U.N. workplaces.
The U.N. mentioned it couldn’t settle for the choice, calling it an unparalleled violation of girls’s rights. The three,300 Afghans employed by the U.N. – 2,700 males and 600 girls – had been ordered to remain residence however proceed to work and are being paid, The U.N.’s 600-strong worldwide employees, together with 200 girls, shouldn’t be affected by the Taliban ban.
The U.N. mission assertion reiterated that lifting restrictions on the U.N., nationwide and worldwide nongovernmental teams concerned in delivering humanitarian support and different applications supporting the Afghan folks “is important.”
It mentioned the U.N. continues to interact with the Taliban to acquire a reversal of the ban and make sure the security of its employees. It quoted Guterres saying at a closed-door assembly in Qatar in early Might that “we should stay centered on our goal to assist the folks of Afghanistan.”
“We can not disengage regardless of the challenges,” the U.N. chief mentioned and in addition urged funding for support operations, saying the ban was exacerbating already low ranges of funding.
Guterres plans to carry one other assembly geared toward unifying the positions of key gamers on the problems of human rights, governance, counterterrorism and anti-drug efforts associated to Afghanistan.
Haq, the deputy U.N. spokesman, was pressed on the end result of the U.N. evaluation however mentioned he had “no precise change in our posture on the bottom to report.”
“We’re working to decide on acceptable working modalities,” he mentioned.
“The wants of the Afghan individuals are immense, and we intend to meet these wants, however on the identical time, our operations are clearly impeded … and our place on the necessity to enable all of employees, women and men, to work in communities un Afghanistan stays unchanged,” Haq mentioned.
U.N. employees in Afghanistan are nonetheless working from residence “except for vital capabilities,” and “humanitarian operations proceed to be undertaken,” he mentioned.
The Taliban have agreed to some “carve-outs” for Afghan girls, together with within the well being sector, “and we are going to use these,” he added.
Related Press author Rahim Faiez in Islamabad contributed to this report.