US intelligence report warns Afghan women’s rights at risk after troop withdrawal

The National Intelligence Council examined that the development made over the last 20 years “probably owes more to external pressure than domestic support, suggesting it would be at risk after coalition withdrawal, even without Taliban efforts to reverse it.”

“Although the Taliban’s fall officially ended some policies (restricting the rights of women), many continue in practice even in government-controlled areas,” it specified.

The two-page report, declassified at the demand of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, provides a grim evaluation as worries install about the prospective deterioration of hard-won ladies’s rights in Afghanistan as United States and NATO forces start their withdrawal after almost 20 years on the ground. Bipartisan legislators, activists and ladies on the Afghan federal government working out group have actually revealed issue that gains might be undercut, particularly if the withdrawal is finished without a political settlement in location, even as the Biden administration has actually promised that the United States will stay a diplomatic existence on the ground.

“Afghanistan’s progress since the end of Taliban rule toward meeting broadly accepted international standards for the conditions of women has been uneven, reflecting cultural norms and conflict,” the report’s authors composed, keeping in mind that development that was mainly focused “in cities and ethnic minority enclaves, where violence is lower and women had more freedom before Taliban rule.”

“Gains are less pronounced in rural areas, where roughly 70 percent of Afghans live,” the report specified. “Nationwide, child marriage and stoning for adultery persist, and rape victims are killed by relatives for shaming their families.”

Diplomacy was very first to report on the NIC evaluation.

A previous United States intelligence report examined that the Afghan federal government would have a hard time to keep control without the assistance of the global military union, which President Joe Biden stated would leave by September 11.

Biden administration authorities have actually alerted that the Taliban would not accomplish global authenticity by taking power by force or by restricting the rights the rights of ladies.

“If the Taliban has any expectation of getting any international acceptance, of not being treated as a pariah, it’s going to have to respect the rights of women and girls,” Secretary of State Tony Blinken stated in an interview with ABC News in mid-April. “Any country that moves backwards on that, that tries to repress them, will not have that international recognition, will not have that international status, and indeed, we will take action to make sure to the best of our ability that they can’t do that.”

Nevertheless, the NIC report discovered that while the Taliban’s “desires for foreign aid and legitimacy might marginally moderate its conduct over time,” it is most likely that “in the early days of reestablishing its Emirate, the Taliban probably would focus on extending control on its own terms.”

Report states Taliban’s technique to ladies’s rights has actually not altered

It examined the Taliban’s technique to ladies’s rights has actually not altered, and “if the Taliban were again Afghanistan’s dominant power, we assess that any prospect for moderating the group’s policies toward women would lie with ethnic minorities’ ability to maintain local variation and technological development since the Taliban’s previous rule.”

Recently, bipartisan senators on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voiced issues about a possible backslide in ladies’s rights in Afghanistan in a hearing with United States Unique Agent for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad recently,

“We have worked for two decades alongside our allies to advance the rights of not just women and girls, but other ethnic minorities in Afghanistan. And we can’t let those two decades of hard work be ignored in peace talks. We owe it to the women and girls to ensure that their hard-fought rights are preserved,” stated Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat and the only lady on the committee. “Sadly, I believe an arbitrary deadline for … our withdrawal of forces in Afghanistan risks those efforts.”

Khalilzad stated the matter was “important to (him) personally,” having actually played “a small role as ambassador to Afghanistan in the early 2000s in encouraging the adoption of constitutional provisions that have helped the rights of women” and battling “for the inclusion of women on the Islamic Republic’s negotiating team.”

As Afghan women, we finally have a seat at peace talks. Don't abandon us

“We are likewise pressing for women’s inclusion in any future peace efforts,” he stated.

In a CNN viewpoint piece released after Biden’s withdrawal statement, 3 ladies members of the Afghan federal government working out group alerted that “if the Taliban does not believe the United States is firmly committed to a stable and democratic Afghanistan, that could spell trouble for our future talks.”

“While the Taliban may deride women as tokens of a human rights agenda set in Western capitals, they are wrong. And the threat they, and their allies, pose to us remains quite real,” Dr. Habiba Sarabi, Fawzia Koofi and Sharifa Zurmati composed.

“We press on because we know that an inclusive Afghanistan is the only path to a lasting, just peace and end to the war. We are not alone: Women of all walks of life do not want to return to an era in which their fundamental rights counted for nothing,” they composed.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.