GENEVA (16 December 2014) – The UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’advert Al Hussein on Tuesday condemned what he described as “an completely despicable and incomprehensibly vicious assault on defenceless kids” at a co-educational college within the Pakistani metropolis of Peshawar.
“The Taliban have sunk to an all-time depth with this assault,” Zeid stated. “Everybody should now unite to fight this sort of savage extremism. No authorities or intelligence companies, no spiritual figures, no rich sponsors, no members of most people can presumably justify persevering with assist for the Taliban, ISIL, Boko Haram, Al Qaida or any of those takfiri teams which look like competing to achieve the best degree of human barbarity. We should all be a part of collectively to counter such extremism and violence – not solely in Pakistan, however anyplace the place kids’s rights and human rights are attacked on this approach.”
“Nowhere on this planet ought to it’s an act of bravery for a kid to attend college,” Zeid continued. “But, in elements of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria merely exhibiting up at college takes great braveness and dedication. Lately, my employees have been receiving rising frequent reviews in these three nations of colleges being destroyed or closed due to militants’ threats, and of schoolchildren – particularly women — being kidnapped, shot, attacked with acid or poisoned by teams whose ideology bears no resemblance to any faith or any cultural norm.”
The Excessive Commissioner famous the highly effective assertion by Malala, herself the sufferer of such an assault by the Taliban in Swat, which lies to the north of Peshawar, when she obtained her Nobel Prize final week. Malala stated she wished her technology could be “the final that sees empty class rooms, misplaced childhoods and wasted potentials,” and famous that regardless of her movie star her dwelling village doesn’t but have a secondary college for ladies. Throughout the Taliban occupation of Swat from 2007 to 2009, a number of hundred faculties had been closed or destroyed.
Zeid recalled that, in February 2013, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination towards Girls urged the Authorities of Pakistan to take the required measures to stop the incidence of assaults and threats towards instructional establishments which undermine girls and women’ basic rights – and particularly the suitable to schooling — and to make sure that perpetrators of violent acts are promptly investigated, prosecuted and punished. Additionally they requested the Authorities to think about the institution of a fast response system, in order that at any time when there are assaults on instructional establishments they’re promptly repaired or rebuilt, and academic supplies changed, in order that kids and college students might be reintegrated into college and universities as quickly as attainable.