US intelligence report warns Afghan women's rights at risk after troop withdrawal
May 4, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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Progress on women's rights in Afghanistan could be at risk with the withdrawal of US and international troops, even if the Taliban doesn't fully take power, according to a newly declassified US intelligence report.
Washington (CNN)Progress on women's rights in Afghanistan could be at risk with the withdrawal of US and international troops, even if the Taliban doesn't fully take power, according to a newly declassified US intelligence report.
The two-page report, declassified at the request of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, offers a grim assessment as fears mount about the potential degradation of hard-won women's rights in Afghanistan as US and NATO forces begin their withdrawal after nearly two decades on the ground.
It assessed the Taliban's approach to women's rights has not changed, 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. "
In a CNN opinion piece published after Biden's withdrawal announcement, three women members of the Afghan government negotiating team warned 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. "