Bennett to address human rights in Afghanistan at U.N. council

UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan, Richard Bennett, speaking at a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday.

Richard Bennett, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Afghanistan, is scheduled to deliver a report to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Tuesday, June 18.

Afghanistan’s delegation in Geneva has stated on Twitter that Bennett’s speech will focus on “Taliban crimes against women and girls in Afghanistan.”

The delegation also mentioned that “discrimination against women and girls” and the restrictions imposed by the Taliban on them will be key elements of Mr. Bennett’s report.

This comes as the third round of the Doha talks on Afghanistan, hosted by the United Nations, is set to take place in Qatar.

It remains unclear whether any representatives of Afghan women will attend the meeting.

Previously, several women’s rights organizations and activists advocating for girls’ education in Afghanistan boycotted the talks.

After reviewing the agenda for several days, the Taliban announced their participation in the meeting but added that any changes to the agenda could influence their decision to attend.