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EU sanctions three Taliban leaders for excluding women from education and the judiciary

EU sanctions three Taliban leaders for excluding women from education and the judiciary

The Member States of the European Union have approved this Thursday to sanction three leaders of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan for violating the rights of women and girls, who are excluded from education and the judiciary.

Specifically, the EU blacklists the acting Taliban Minister of Education, Habibullah Agha, for denying girls access to secondary education by extending the ban on female students attending secondary education beyond the 6th grade .

Also to Acting Chief Justice Abdul Hakim Haqqani and Acting Minister of Justice Abdul Hakim Sharei for using their position to attack women’s rights by excluding women judges from the Afghan judicial system and systematically restricting access of women to justice.

These policies are a concerted effort to deny justice to women and use it as a tool to further gender inequality, by exposing women and girls to a situation of helplessness and impunity.

Altogether, the EU maintains sanctions against 61 people and 20 entities, within the framework of sanctions for Human Rights violations, an instrument adopted at the end of 2020 to respond swiftly to flagrant attacks on rights around the world. Blacklisted individuals have their assets frozen and are prohibited from traveling to the EU as well as transiting through Union territories.

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