Taliban revoke ban on Red cross

Based on inputs by Shahid Kazi

The Taliban, who refer themselves as the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, have revoked their ban on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Afghanistan and gave a guarantee of security for its staff doing humanitarian work in areas under their control.

In April, the Taliban had banned both the ICRC and the World Health Organization (WHO) from operating in Afghan regions under the Islamist militia’s control. Security guarantees were also revoked. The ban was imposed on grounds that the Taliban believed that the two organizations were carrying out “suspicious” activities during vaccinations campaigns and not sticking to their declared missions.

“The Islamic Emirate restores the former security guarantees to ICRC in Afghanistan and instructs all mujahideen to pave the way for ICRC activities and be mindful of security to this committee’s workers and equipment,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement.

“We welcome the acknowledgment of our humanitarian principles and renewal of security guarantees,” Schaerer Juan-Pedro, head of the ICRC in Kabul, said on Twitter.  

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