Security Council Press Statement on Afghanistan (28 March 2022) – Afghanistan

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NEW YORK – Members of the Security Council heard on March 25 a briefing by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, on the right to education for all Afghans, including girls.

Members of the Security Council expressed deep concern over the Taliban’s reported decision to deny girls above grade 6 access to education in Afghanistan. They reaffirmed the right to education for all Afghans, including girls, and called on the Taliban to respect the right to education and honor their commitments to reopen schools for all female students without further delay.

They requested the SRSG to continue to engage with all relevant Afghan political actors and stakeholders, including the relevant authorities, on this issue, in accordance with UNAMA’s mandate, and to keep the Security Council informed of progress.

The members of the Security Council stressed the importance of the efforts made by the international community to support Afghanistan, particularly in the area of ​​education, and underlined the coordinating role of UNAMA in this regard.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their support for the Afghan people and their firm commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Afghanistan.

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