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Professor Bennoune Warns of 'Cultural Disaster' in Afghanistan

News Posted on August 23, 2021

Professor Karima Bennoune, the U.N. Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, warned on Aug. 17 of a “cultural disaster” in Afghanistan after the country fell to Taliban forces, and urged nations to provide urgent assistance to human rights defenders, including those working on women's and cultural rights, as well as artists, trying to flee the country.

“It is deplorable that the world has abandoned Afghanistan to a fundamentalist group like the Taliban whose catastrophic human rights record, including the practice of gender apartheid, use of cruel punishments and systematic destruction of cultural heritage, when in power, is well documented,” Bennoune said. Read the press release from the U.N. Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner.

Bennoune also discussed Afghanistan under Taliban rule in an Aug. 20 Daily Mirror World Focus video. Bennoune appears in the video with Ashraf Haidari, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Sri Lanka. Watch the video.