The Group has backtracked on promises to guarantee certain rights to girls and women since returning to power last year.
The Taliban have reneged on promises to guarantee girls’ education and other freedoms, reverting to their previous policies when they last took power.
The group took over Kabul 16 months ago, arguing that its rules match their interpretation of Islam, even though Afghanistan is the only Muslim country that forbids girls from going to school.
Here’s a timeline of its crackdown:
August 2021: The Taliban returns
The Taliban returned to power in Kabul on August 15 in the last chaotic withdrawal of foreign troops led by the United States, ending a 20-year war and leading to the fall of the Presidential government. President Ashraf Ghani is supported by the West.
The group promises to give the Afghan people more freedoms than during their first stint in power from 1996 to 2001, and declares that it will respect human rights obligations, including: women’s obligations.
September 2021: Sexism Classroom
The Taliban announced on September 12 of last year that women could attend universities with sexist entrance and classroom, but they can only be taught by professors of the same sex or old men. Other restrictions include wearing a headscarf as part of the mandatory dress code.
March 2022: Girls banned from school
On March 23 of this year, girls’ high schools were supposed to reopen, but the Taliban rescind the directive and tens of thousands of teenagers have been shut down and told to stay home.
May 2022: Stay at home
The Supreme Leader of the Taliban Hibatullah Akhunzada ordered women on May 7 to cover themselves up, including their faces, in public and often at home. Women are also prohibited from traveling between cities without male escorts.
August 2022: Protests break out
Taliban fighters beat up protesting women chanting “bread, work and freedom” and shot in the air on August 13, 2016. disbanding a demonstration outside the education ministry in Kabul.
Government forces also detained and beat journalists covering the protests.
November 2022: Off-limits Park
December 2022: Execution, spanking
Taliban carried out the first public execution Since returning to power, it is the story of a convicted murderer who is shot dead by the victim’s father on December 7 in the western province of Farah.
The next day, more than 1,000 people watched 27 Afghans, including women, be whipped in Charikar in central Parwan province for a range of crimes from sodomy and deception to forgery and debauchery.
Since then, regular beatings in public places have been carried out in other provinces.
December 2022: No college for girls
Armed guards prevented hundreds of young women from entering the university campus on December 21, a day after the higher education minister announced the order “suspension of women’s education until further notice”.