A new intelligence report says women’s rights will be threatened after US troops withdraw from Afghanistan.
According to an assessment released on Tuesday by leading US intelligence analysts, the Taliban will “back down a lot” from the progress made on the rights of Afghan women if the fighting group regains national power.
The U.S. National Intelligence Council report is likely to reinforce fears that the Taliban will resume the harsh treatment of women and girls under its 1996-2001 rule if the group succeeds in its own right. . civil war.
“The Taliban remain broadly consistent in their restrictive approach to women’s rights and would regain much of the last two decades of progress if the group regains national power,” said the top analyst body of the intelligence community. license of the United States.
At the same time, the council’s “Memorandum on the Sense of Community” said women’s rights would likely be threatened after the U.S.-led military coalition. he retires, a finding that reflects the conservative nature of male-dominated society in Afghanistan.
“Progress, progress [in women’s rights] it probably owes more to external pressure than internal support, suggesting it would be at risk after the coalition’s withdrawal, even without the Taliban’s efforts to reverse it, ”the assessment said.
US President Joe Biden decision last month to withdraw the last thousands of soldiers – which trigger the withdrawal of other foreign forces – increases pors Afghanistan could plunge into a total civil war that could return to the Taliban power.
These concerns have been sparked by a stalemate in US-backed peace talks, while the Taliban have intensified attacks on government forces after a deadline set on May 1 for the departure of American troops.
Before being withdrawn by the 2001 U.S.-led invasion, the Taliban imposed a harsh version of the rule that included banning girls and women from working outside the home and banning them from being in public without a male relative.
Women who violated these rules often suffered humiliation and public coups by the Taliban religious police.
The new report, however, notes that many of these practices have continued in government-controlled areas and that “the war years have left millions of women mutilated, widowed, impoverished and displaced.”
The gains in women’s rights have been promoted as a significant success during the 20 years that U.S.-led forces have been deployed, albeit primarily in urban centers.
The Biden administration has pledged to continue civilian assistance after the departure of U.S. troops, including programs for women. But he warned that Afghanistan would suffer isolation and sanctions if human rights were pushed back.
An agreement between the United States and the Taliban in February 2020 reached by the Donald Trump administration specified a May 1 deadline to complete the withdrawal of U.S. 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 triggered the U.S.-led invasion.