Denmark to grant asylum to all Afghan women

Denmark will grant asylum to all Afghan women due to “the worsening living conditions of all women in the country”. The Copenhagen decision is based on a report by the European Union Asylum Agency which “shows that the situation of certain groups of people in Afghanistan may constitute persecution under the Refugee Convention”. In late November, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Afghanistan, Richard Bennett, said the Taliban’s treatment of women could constitute a crime against humanity.

According to the Danish Refugee Complaints Commission, the new decision will immediately open the way to asylum for five girls. Authorities will then also examine cases of women who were denied asylum after the Taliban came to power in order to grant those concerned the residence permits stipulated in the new resolution. All cases (approximately 30 cases) of Afghan men whose asylum applications have been rejected since the same date will also be examined. In addition, Le Monde informed that anyone whose application was rejected before 16 August 2021 but is still in Denmark can request a reopening of their case.

The movement has received support from Amnesty International, which has documented human rights abuses against women and girls in Afghanistan and urged Denmark to change its practice.

The Danish Institute for Human Rights also welcomed this choice. “Women and girls in Afghanistan are known to suffer serious human rights abuses and the situation has worsened over the past 18 months,” said Louise Holck, the organization’s director. “Had I been alone, that decision would have been made a long time ago,” she added. But I think that from now on, we should be happy that women and girls will be granted asylum, because they are women and girls, and that’s why they are persecuted in Afghanistan.”

The Taliban came back to power in Afghanistan on August 30, 2021, following the frenzied US withdrawal. Since taking the reins of the country, women have lost most of the rights they had managed to conquer in two decades. They have been denied access to education and public works, their freedom to travel and choose how to dress has been restricted, and they have recently been banned from working in NGOs.

Source: Today IT