UN is urging the Afghan government to halt its policy of women oppression

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called the restrictions on women's rights by the Afghan interim government "institutional systemic oppression of women." At the same time, 93 percent of the population is malnourished amid the country's humanitarian crisis, according to the UN.

Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, has called on the Afghan interim government to annul its policy of systematic persecution of women, as well as harassment and arrests of human rights defenders and journalists. He made the remarks at a June 15 meeting of the UN Human Rights Council.

The commissioner asserted that 93% of the country's population is malnourished in the face of a deep economic, social, humanitarian and human rights crisis. She also condemned an order that make women cover their faces and go out only when necessary, otherwise their male relatives would be punished. Earlier, the Afghan government decided to delay the return of high school students to schools, which, according to Michelle Bachelet, affected the rights of 1.1 million female students.

"Let me assess this: what we are witnessing in Afghanistan today is an institutional systematic oppression of women," said the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

"In today's world of rising unemployment, 93% of Afghan households are deprived of food, especially the head of the family (women), the elderly, the disabled and children. Almost half of Afghanistan's population - 19.7 million people - is on the brink of starvation."

According to the WHO, about 18.1 million people in Afghanistan, including 3 million children under the age of five, are in need of medical care.