AND UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS CONDEMN
TALIBAN EDICT ON IDENTIFICATION OF NON-MUSLIMS
May 23 (No.2001-72)- United Nations High Commissioner
for Human Rights Mary Robinson and UNESCO
Director-General Koichiro Matsuura today expressed
outrage over reports of a Taliban edict requiring
non-Muslims in Afghanistan to wear a distinctive sign
on their clothes.
joint statement, Ms Robinson and Mr Matsuura today
denounced the edict saying it “harks back to the
darkest periods of human history”.
how certain groups of people should dress or otherwise
singling them out so that they can be easily
identifiable is at best discriminatory", they
said. “Similar practices in the past - from Nazi
Germany in the 1930s to Rwanda in the early 1990s -
have led to the most horrible crimes”, they added.
Robinson and Mr Matsuura said the stated aim of the
edict by the Taliban, namely the protection of
minority groups, can best be achieved through the
strict observance of internationally recognized human
their statement, the two declare that the Taliban
edict “brings home in a most forceful way the urgent
need to address bias and discrimination, which are at
the root of major human rights violations”.
call upon the Taliban urgently to reconsider their
position, which is another serious step backwards for
a people already enduring extreme hardship in terms of
deprival of basic rights such as education”, they
Robinson and Mr Matsuura further said: “We also call
on all nations able to exert any influence whatsoever
on the authorities in Kabul to ensure that they see
the error of their ways before long.”