By Taylor Ardrey
US Ambassador to the United Nations called the Taliban’s new order that requires Afghan women to cover their faces in public “unconscionable” during an interview on CNN Sunday.
The militant group passed the decree over the weekend. It emphasized that if it is not followed, the closest male relative to the woman will be sent to prison or terminated from their government jobs, as Insider previously reported.
On “State of the Union,” host Jake asked Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield if the move underlines ” the problem of the U.S. withdrawal without a competent government in place?”
“We said from day one, we will judge them by their actions, not their words. And these actions, on Mother’s Day, I think, sends a very chilling message across the world,” Thomas- Greenfield responded.
The Taliban took over Afghanistan last August following US’ withdrawal from the country. Since then, the group has issued rules that strip Afghan women of their rights, despite their claims of being more moderate than their previous reign in the 1990s. Recently the group has restricted women from boarding a flight without a male chaperone, per the Independent.
“We have done everything possible to support Afghan women and will continue to call out the Taliban for their actions both the United States and in my role in the Security Council, as president of the Security Council,” the ambassador continued. “What they did today is unconscionable. And I am sure that we can expect more from them. And it just redoubles our commitment to supporting Afghan women moving forward.