ON AFGHANISTAN | The U.N. Knows Afghanistan Is Messed Up. But It’s Keeping Mum.

June 27, 2022

Burqa-clad women wait in line with their children during a World Food Program food distribution on the outskirts of Kabul on Nov. 6, 2021. HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

An internal United Nations report details escalating Taliban violations of human rights—and little U.N. leverage.

In the 10 months since the Taliban retook the country … the country has gone backward at vertiginous speed. The Taliban have reversed most of the social, economic, and political advances made in the 20 years of the Afghan Republic.

Source: The U.N. Knows Afghanistan Is Messed Up. But It’s Keeping Mum., Foreign Policy, By , June, 24, 2022

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