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Statement of Italy during the Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan at the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council

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The Permanent Representative of Italy to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Ambassador Vincenzo Grassi, took the floor today during the Interactive dialogue on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan, in the framework of the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council.

“Italy remains deeply concerned about the human rights situation in Afghanistan and in particular the violations of women’s and girls’ rights, including their right to education, work and freedom of movement, which represent an unacceptable attempt to erase them from all spheres of public life”, stated the Permanent Representative of Italy, adding that “The de facto authorities’ discriminatory decision to ban women from working in NGOs is a major obstacle to the delivery of basic services, further exacerbating the plight of millions of Afghans already affected by a dire humanitarian crisis”. While recalling Afghanistan’s international obligations, including under the CEDAW, the Permanent Representative underlined that the de facto authorities should immediately restore access to education at all levels for women and girls and lift all other discriminatory measures that have an adverse impact on families, communities and the country as a whole, undermining Afghanistan’s capacity to move towards sustainable peace, economic and social development.

Furthermore Amb. Grassi expressed Italy’s deep concern about the situation of millions of children in Afghanistan deprived of essential services, including primary healthcare, education, water and sanitation, while many of them continue to be killed and maimed by landmines and other explosive remnants of war.

Read the full statement here.