Fatima Payman warns of Taliban ‘atrocities and injustices’ as Senate pledges to keep up the pressure


The first Afghan Muslim woman in parliament has called on the nation not to abandon Afghanistan a year after the capital Kabul fell to the Taliban.
Senator The father of arrived in Australia after fleeing the Taliban in 1999, and 23 years later the talked about the dangers of allowing a resurgent Taliban to strip the rights of the Afghan people.
“Every day, my office receives news from those whose loved ones are trying to flee the Taliban or who have been hunted down,” she told the Senate.
“I cannot describe the insurmountable pain and misery we hear day after day.

“I, too, have family in Afghanistan and receive daily news of the atrocities and injustices occurring while their lives remain in danger and their children remain stranded.”

The Senate on Monday reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to helping those who helped operations during the war find safe haven, and pledged to continue efforts to resettle refugees in their country.
He also called on the Taliban to “uphold their commitment to defend the rights of all Afghans, including women, girls and minority groups, and not to allow Afghanistan to become a haven for terrorist organizations and their support networks.

Foreign Minister Penny Wong has chastised the Taliban for taking away the freedoms of the Afghan people, especially when it comes to women and children.

“As the Taliban double down on repression, they have been negligent in providing the most basic services to the Afghan people in the midst of a serious and worsening humanitarian crisis,” she told the Senate.
“Australia will continue to stand up for the human rights of Afghans.”
Senate Opposition Leader Simon Birmingham has called on the Taliban to honor the commitments they made regarding the rights and freedoms that would be granted, especially to women and girls.
“We, like those friends and allies around the world who value democracy, freedom and human rights, especially the rights of women and girls, remain committed to working (…) to meet the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people “, did he declare. .

“We stand with Afghanistan. We stand with the Afghan people.

“We must and will remain steadfast in our resolve to see the Afghan people realize their hopes for a peaceful future, free of opportunity and equality.”

The federal government is pushing to clear a backlog of visas from Afghanistan after more than 40,000 applications were filed, covering more than 211,000 people.

Senator Payman told the chamber she was encouraged by the government’s work to expedite visa processing.
“We understand the urgency and the nature of this crisis and we in Australia are doing our best,” she said.
“There’s also important work to be done in our platform, like giving genuine refugees permanent protection in this country and getting them out of the cruel temporary protection visa regime.”

Over 39,000 defense force personnel and civilians have been deployed to Afghanistan during Australia’s 20 years of involvement and 41 service members have been killed.

Liberal Senator Linda Reynolds, a former defense minister and Army Reserve brigadier, called for support for returning veterans.
“Tragically we have lost 41 Australian servicemen who have returned home in coffins, so grieving families and as a nation we will always commemorate their service,” she said.
“Two hundred and sixty Australians returned home seriously injured, and several thousand more returned home with injuries that weren’t as visible, mental health issues that still accompany them today.

“They have made a lasting and lasting difference and I hope all of our service staff, all 39,000, will remember that.”

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