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Youth, women be part of peace talks: Herat activists

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Youth, women be part of peace talks: Herat activists

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Oct 29, 2019 - 18:59

HERAT CITY (Pajhwok): A number of womeninfo-icon in western Herat province welcome possible resumption of peace talks between the US and the Talibaninfo-icon, but say women’s rights should not be sacrificed for the sake of peace with the rebels.

Efforts at resuming peace talks between Taliban and the US increased following recent trips of senior foreign officials to Afghanistaninfo-icon.

A number of women’s rights activists in Herat fear the Taliban regime may return if women’s rights are not decided in peace talks.

Aziza Khair Andish, a women’s rights activist in Herat, talking to Pajhwok Afghan News, said, “The human rights situation is at risk, The Afghan people particularly women will be in danger and we are worried about this.”

A number of other residents of Herat also say that living in peace is their right and the warring sides should respect women’s rights.

Tawab Mubariz, a resident of Herat, said, “We want the youth and women who are the main victim of war to have active presence in peace talks.”

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) also insists on protection of women’s rights in peace negotiations with the Taliban.

AIHRC head for Herat, Shahrzad Akbar, said that women’s rights should not be sacrificed in peace talks.

On the other hand, former jihadiinfo-icon leader Ismail Khan, said, “Taliban would be part of government to be established in future after peace talks.”

“Taliban would be a part, not a powerful part, and that is why the situation would not turn to the past and the people should not worry about it”, he said.

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