“Peace and Reconciliation in International and Islamic Law” explores the synergies and the differences between the two systems of international and Islamic law in the area conflict resolution focusing on selected conflict theatres around the world; along with interfacing with international humanitarian norms, human rights standards, treaties, best practice vis a vis exploring innovative concepts such as theo-diplomacy as means to attempting to facilitate a peaceful resolution to a conflict.
A significant high-level international meeting on the situation in Afghanistan recently took place in Doha. This letter addresses the outcomes of that meeting. We ask all participants of the Global Campaign for Peace Education for your signature and support of all efforts to protect the human rights of the Afghan people.
“[The OIC] Urges the de facto Afghan Authorities to allow women and girls to exercise their rights and contribute to the development of Afghan society in accordance with the rights and responsibilities as guaranteed to them by Islam and international human rights law.” Point 10, Communique from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
As we continue the series on the Taliban’s bans on women’s education and employment, it is essential to our understanding and further action to hear directly from Afghan women who know best the harm these bans impose; not only on the affected women and their families, but on the entire Afghan nation. This statement from a coalition of Afghan women’s organizations fully describes these harms.
Multilateralism is supposed to be the guarantor of all human rights and dignity, for all people, at all times. But as governmental regimes weaken, so do traditional multilateral entities heavily reliant on those governments. It is time for community-based transnational networks based on intergenerational, multicultural, gender-sensitive leaders.
Please consider signing this letter in response to the devastating impact of the recent bans on women’s higher education and women’s work in Afghanistan. Religions for Peace and The Interfaith Center of New York are hosting this letter with other faith-based and humanitarian NGOs in advance of high-level meetings between UN Officials and the Taliban or “De Facto Authorities.”
The Muslim Public Affairs Council, in this statement calling for the reversal of the Taliban’s ban on girls’ and women’s education, reiterates the assertions now being made by so many Muslim organizations. The policy is anti-Islamic and contradicts a basic principle of the faith on the right and necessity of education for all, so it must be immediately rescinded.