Taliban ban women from visiting one of Afghanistan’s largest national parks

The Taliban will contact the security forces to prevent women from visiting Band-e-Amir, one of the most popular national parks in Afghanistan. This was announced by a spokesman for the Ministry for Promoting Virtue and Preventing Vice Associated Press. The movement claims that women visiting the famous venue in Bamiyan province failed to respect the correct way of wearing the hijab, the Islamic scarf.

It’s a new ban that adds to the long list of harassment and violations of women’s rights in the Asian country following the fundamentalists’ return to power in August 2021.

The Taliban made the measure public a week after the minister Mohammed Khalid Hanafi to go to Bamiyan to denounce the women in front of the local officials and clergy They have not respected the government sponsored use of the hijab. “Tourism is not an obligation for women,” the head of the department “Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice” assigned the security personnel.

Ministry spokesman Molvi Mohammad Sadiq Akifshared a report on Hanafi’s statements on Saturday night considered the use of security forcesand coercion by local clergymen and elders to carry out the Hanafi order. A recording of the minister’s speech in Bamiyan, coinciding with Akif’s report, was released via social media.

“There are complaints about the lack or poor hijab, these are not Bamyan residents. They come from other places,” he said Tolo NewsSaid Nasrullah Waezi, Head of Bamyan Shia Ulama Council. The clergy had lodged complaints with the fundamentalist authorities.

Band-e-Amir has been an area heavily frequented by Afghan families. UNESCO describes the park as a “group of naturally formed lakes with distinctive geological formations and structures and unique natural beauty”. Became 2009 the country’s first national park and attracts thousands of visitors every year.

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“Not content with depriving girls and women of education, jobs and freedom of movement, the Taliban also want to take away from them parks and sports and now even nature, as we see with this recent ban on women visiting Band-e-Amir.” , denounced Heather Barr, associate director of women’s rights at Human Rights Watch, in statements collected by Associated Press. “Step by step the walls are getting closer to the women every home becomes a prison”.

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