Statement delivered by the Permanent Representative of Denmark on behalf of the Nordic–Baltic countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden
Mr Special Rapporteur,
I have the honour to speak on behalf of the Nordic-Baltic countries.
We welcome your report.
We are deeply concerned about the continued deterioration in the human rights situation in Afghanistan. We are alarmed by the speed and scale of the deprivation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of Afghan women and girls, such as the rights to work, education, freedom of movement, expression and peaceful assembly. We strongly call on the Taliban to ensure full respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people, including women and girls.
We are concerned by the reports of arbitrary detention, intimidation and discrimination of media workers and human rights defenders. We call on the Taliban to secure the safety of media workers, human rights defenders and to respect the right to access to information.
The crisis in Afghanistan is also humanitarian. Half the population is in need of humanitarian assistance and many are on the brink of starvation. The restrictions on human rights and fundamental freedoms and the shrinking space for NGO’s and civil society remain a primary concern.
We welcome your recent successful trip to Afghanistan. How does the Special Rapporteur envisage to engage the Taliban to ensure the implementation of the recommendations in the report?