Iran asks the Taliban to respect human rights – Politics News
Iran’s Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Zahra Ershadi, delivered a speech at a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday on the theme “Women, Peace and Security: Inclusion and the economic participation of women as a key to building peace”.
Here is the text of his speech:
” Madame President,
Thank you for convening this public debate. I also thank the rapporteurs for their presentations.
Today, the world is ravaged by various humanitarian crises, including but not limited to armed conflicts, climate change and recently the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the same time, women play an undeniable role in addressing these challenges, particularly those related to the promotion of dialogue and confidence in the peace and security process.
It is a well-known fact that encouraging women to engage in the peace process increases the chances of peace.
As a result, their participation and inclusion in the peace process increases the effectiveness of humanitarian assistance, improves the protection of civilians, contributes to the political settlement of disputes and long-term peacekeeping, and accelerates economic recovery. .
Numerous UN resolutions have emphasized the importance of empowering women in the prevention, resolution and post-conflict situations of armed conflicts, as well as their increased efforts to maintain international peace and security.
Given their important role, the political, social and economic empowerment of women is essential as it strengthens their resilience in times of crisis and encourages their participation in peace and reconciliation processes, as well as reconstruction and rehabilitation initiatives. post-conflict.
The promotion of the rights, dignity and empowerment of women is part of the prerequisites for the development of all societies.
In this spirit, the Islamic Republic of Iran since its establishment has always considered the promotion of the cultural, social, economic and political status of women and girls as a key element in the development of its policies, legislation and national planning.
Despite illegal and inhuman sanctions by the United States, which have negatively impacted funding and delivery of government, civil society and private sector programs aimed at the advancement and empowerment of women , Iran has made remarkable achievements in this area.
In our fragile region, we continue to witness the devastation created by armed conflict, violent extremism and foreign occupation and aggression, as well as terrorist attacks targeting innocent civilians, especially women and girls.
Palestinian women and girls continue to suffer from decades of occupation and human rights violations, as well as from the colonial and apartheid policies and practices of the Israeli regime in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, which violate all basic rules international humanitarian law and international human rights law.
In Afghanistan, the current situation has seriously affected the rights of Afghan women, including their political and socio-economic rights, such as the right to education, work and political participation.
The rights of Afghan women must be respected.
The Taliban must heed the call of the international community to protect human rights, especially the rights of women.
Finally, we reaffirm our principled position that issues concerning women and girls are the responsibility of the General Assembly.
The Security Council should only address this issue if it is directly related to the maintenance of international peace and security.
Thank you, Madam President.