The Biden administration has imposed new visa restrictions on current and former members of the Afghanistan government over its repression of women and girls.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday that the visa restriction policy will apply to current and former Taliban, members of non-state security groups and others believed to be responsible or complicit in the government’s repressive policies.
“We continue to press the Taliban and others to respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms — including the right to education — of all Afghans, including women and girls,” Blinken tweeted.
The Taliban regained control of Afghanistan amid the U.S. military’s withdrawal from the country in late August of 2021. As it retook the helm of the Middle Eastern nation, the Taliban vowed to protect the rights women and girls had gained in the last 20 years following the United States invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.