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Monday, 25 May 1998
Page: 3529

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

The petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House the practices and policies of the Taliban against Afghan women and girls. We urge the Taliban to immediately cease its gender apartheid, and allow Afghan women to work outside their homes, earn income, and access the Afghan society's education, health and other resources. We urge the Taliban to respect Afghan women's rights to education, to safety and the sharing of public spaces, and to public mobility. We further urge the Taliban to lift the forced veiling and imposed dress code policy against women, and to uphold the human rights of Afghan women and men as accorded to them under Islamic constitutional laws.

Your petitioners therefore ask the House to hold the Taliban accountable to uphold and respect the human, civil and political rights of Afghan women, girls and men; to withhold recognition of the Taliban; to oppose Taliban access to the UN seat; and to oppose donor assistance. We ask that economic transactions be conditional upon the respect of the Taliban towards the Afghan people and particularly the human rights of women and girls.

by Mrs Moylan(from 223 citizens)