Germany’s U.N. ambassador, Antje Leendertse, had hoped the 193-member Common Meeting would approve the German-facilitated decision by consensus.
However a vote was requested and it was adopted 116-0, with 10 nations abstaining — Russia, China, Belarus, Burundi, North Korea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Nicaragua, Pakistan and Zimbabwe. Sixty-seven nations didn’t vote.
Common Meeting resolutions should not legally binding, not like Safety Council resolutions, however they do mirror world opinion.
The adoption got here the identical day that the Taliban, which already banned women from center faculty and highschool, prohibited girls from utilizing gyms and parks.
Earlier than the vote, Leendertse advised the meeting that for the reason that Taliban got here to energy in August 2021 Afghanistan has seen “a massive economic contraction and humanitarian crisis” which has left half the inhabitants dealing with “critical levels of food insecurity.”
“We expect a harsh winter and levels of needs that we have not seen in the last decades with little prospect for economic recovery and reduction of poverty,” she warned.
Introducing the decision, Leendertse advised the meeting that the Taliban management the nation however aren’t dwelling as much as their accountability towards assembly the wants of the Afghan individuals.
“The resolution is a clear call to respect, protect and fulfill human rights, develop inclusive governance and fight terrorism,” she stated. “It contains a clear message that without that, there cannot be business as usual and no pathway toward recognition.”
The decision pledges continued U.N. assist for the Afghan individuals “in order to rebuild a stable, secure and economically self-sufficient state, free of terrorism, narcotics, transnational organized crime, including trafficking in persons, and corruption, and to strengthen the foundations of a constitutional democracy as a responsible member of the international community.”
It requires improved entry for help staff and acknowledges the necessity to assist tackle Afghanistan’s financial challenges, together with efforts to revive the banking and monetary programs and enabling Central Financial institution property — held primarily in america — for use to assist the Afghan individuals.
The decision expresses deep concern at human rights abuses in opposition to girls and women, together with sexual violence, and calls on the Taliban to advertise “full, equal, meaningful and safe participation of women in all aspects of Afghan society.”
It condemns all assaults, reprisals and violence in opposition to journalists and media staff and calls for his or her perpetrators to be dropped at justice.
The decision reaffirms the meeting’s expectation that the Taliban will dwell as much as its commitments to permit the protected departure of all Afghans and international nationals that wish to go away the nation.