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Taliban bans beauty salons in Afghanistan despite UN concern and rare public protest



Despite preliminary guarantees of a extra average rule than throughout their earlier time in energy in the Nineties, the Taliban have imposed harsh measures since seizing management of Afghanistan in August 2021

The Taliban introduced Tuesday that each one beauty salons in Afghanistan should now shut as a one-month deadline ended, despite rare public opposition to the edict.

Sadiq Akif Mahjer, spokesman for the Taliban-run Advantage and Vice Ministry, didn’t say whether or not it will use power towards salons that don’t comply.

The ruling is the most recent curb on the rights and freedoms of Afghan girls and women following edicts barring them from schooling, public areas and most types of employment.

The Taliban listed a collection of providers provided by beauty salons that it stated violated Islam. They included eyebrow shaping, using different folks’s hair to enhance a girl’s pure hair and the applying of make-up, which it stated interferes with the ablutions required earlier than providing prayers.

The ban additionally drew concern from worldwide teams frightened about its impression on feminine entrepreneurs.

The United Nations stated it was engaged with Afghanistan authorities to get the prohibition reversed.

“This isn’t about getting your hair and nails finished. That is about 60,000 girls shedding their jobs,” stated Heather Barr, affiliate girls’s rights director for the New York-based group Human Rights Watch. “That is about girls shedding one of many solely locations they might go for neighborhood and help, after the Taliban systematically destroyed the entire system put in place to answer home violence.” 

Despite preliminary guarantees of a extra average rule than throughout their earlier time in energy in the Nineties, the Taliban have imposed harsh measures since seizing management of Afghanistan in August 2021 as US and NATO forces pulled out.

They’ve barred girls from public areas reminiscent of parks and gyms and cracked down on media freedoms. The measures have triggered fierce worldwide criticism, growing the nation’s isolation at a time when its economic system has collapsed, and worsening a humanitarian disaster.

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