Treatment of women and girls a red line for Taliban: UNHRC chief during Afghanistan special session
The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) held its special session on Tuesday to discuss the Afghanistan situation in Geneva.
"A fundamental red line will be the Taliban's treatment of women and girls..." Michelle Bachelet, Chief of UN Human Rights Council said in her statement to the special session.
In the same session, Spain warned that it will not be able to rescue all Afghans who served Spanish missions because of the 'dramatic' situation on the ground.
China, meanwhile, accused the United States of hiding behind rhetoric of a rules-based global order to defend its own "bullying, hegemonic behaviour".
"In order to defend 'America first', the US can arbitrarily smear, suppress, coerce and bully other countries without paying any price. This is the order the US wants... But who will believe them now?" foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said, citing the US pullout from Afghanistan as an example of Washington's "selfish" foreign policy.
The French ministry has said Afghanistan evacuations to end Thursday if US withdraws August 31.
Afghan nationals protest outside UNHRC office in Delhi
Earlier, the Afghan nationals in Delhi staged protests outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office in Vasant Vihar, demanding refugee card and resettlement option in a third country and protection from the Government of India. Women and children holding posters reading 'We Want Future' aggregated in large numbers.
Protesters said the world is seeing the situation in Afghanistan, adding that the Government of India is helping them but asked where does their future lie.
Some have been residing in India for more than 10 years but do not have basic documents or even UNHRC refugee card. Out of the 21,000 Afghan refugees, as many as 13,000 do not possess basic documents because of which they have to struggle for jobs and security.
They hope the world bodies take a firm stand against Taliban so that they can get the same freedom that they had from the last 20 years.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees had said that it is upscaling support to Afghan refugees and asylum- seekers, through registration and documentation for assistance, prioritising the very vulnerable individuals.
"Refugees and asylum-seekers in India who have international protection needs can contact UNHCR or UNHCR’s partners via channels mentioned on our website," it said, adding, "Less than 1 per cent of refugees are currently resettled globally, due to the limited number of places. For this reason, only the most vulnerable refugees are able to be prioritised for resettlement."