Taliban harassed female staffers in Kandahar, says UN mission

ISLAMABAD: The UN mission in Afghanistan has accused Taliban authorities of harassing its Afghan female employees, urging local officials to respect all its staff in a statement on Monday. “There has been an emerging pattern of harassment of Afghan UN female staff by the de facto authorities,” the statement said, referring to the country’s Taliban rulers.
Three Afghan women working for the UN were recently detained briefly and questioned by “armed security agents of the de facto authorities,” it added. The UN called for an immediate end to all such acts of “intimidation and harassment targeting its Afghan female staff. ” A statement released by the Taliban denied that local authorities had “detained” any UN employees. The statement added in southern Kandahar province authorities had stopped a group of women, but when they realised they were UN employees, stopped questioning them.

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