‘Shameful’: UN denounces exclusion of Afghan girls from school

UN increasingly concerned the ‘tragic’ policy and other restrictions on basic freedoms will contribute to a deepening of the economic crisis.

Afghan women and girls take part in a protest in Kabul.

The United Nations has called for Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to reopen schools to girls in classes seven to 12, calling the anniversary of their exclusion from high school “shameful”.

The UN said on Sunday it is increasingly concerned that the policy, together with other restrictions on basic freedoms, will contribute to a deepening of the country’s economic crisis in the form of greater insecurity, poverty and isolation.