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Afghanistan. The Taliban banned women from entering Band-e-Amir National Park

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According to new Taliban government guidelines, women are banned from visiting Band-e-Amir National Park in Bamiyan province because they did not wear a hijab there. The ban will remain in place until a solution is found, Afghanistan’s ministry for the promotion of virtue and the prevention of vice told the BBC on Sunday.

Band-e-Amir is a major tourist attraction, popular with families, and the ban on women will prevent many from using the park.

UNESCO describes the park as “a naturally formed group of lakes with special geological formations and structures, as well as natural and unique beauty”.

“We’ll be back, I’m sure of it”

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Acting Minister for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice Afghanistan Mohammad Khaled Hanafi said that going to the park for sightseeing was “not mandatory”, Afghan news agency Tolo News reported.

Former Afghan MP Mariam Solaimankhil posted on social media about the ban, “We’ll be back, I’m sure.”

Fereshta Abbasi of Human Rights Watch noted that women were banned from visiting the park on Women’s Equality Day and wrote that this represents “utter disrespect for women in Afghanistan.”

The Taliban have a long history of banning women from certain activities. Since December last year, they can’t go to school in the first place.

The ban on visiting Band-E-Amir National Park is the latest in a long list of activities that have been banned for women since the return of the Taliban to power in August 2021.

Recently, the Taliban ordered the closure of hair and beauty salons in Afghanistan, and in mid-July banned women from taking entrance exams to the country’s universities.

Main photo source: PAP/EPA/SAMIULLAH POPAL

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