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QUESTIONS ON THE MILITARY OCUPATION OF AFGHANISTAN - SUPPORT FOR AFGHAN ACTIVISTS

Monday 29 November 2021, by siawi3

Source: email Women In Black-Madrid

QUESTIONS ON THE MILITARY OCUPATION OF AFGHANISTAN

SUPPORT FOR AFGHAN ACTIVISTS

27.11.21

Following the departure of the United States forces for occupation, intervention or military invasion of Afghanistan, along with the NATO forces last August, Women in Black of Madrid against War would like to ask some questions about the participation of Spain during the governments of Jose Maria Aznar, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Mariano Rajoy and Pedro Sanchez.

We need to learn about various aspects of this military occupation, which we know has generated increased destabilization in the region, increased the vulnerability of its people (especially women) and, consequently, has increasingly militarized all our societies.

We ask:

Why, after 9/11 2001 do we follow the United States in their goal for revenge when both before and after there were other terrorist actions on the planet? Are we going to continue accompanying them in future actions for revenge?

· Based on what arguments or pressure was the UN forced to declare the war against the Taliban regime legal in 2001.

· Upon designing the occupation, what number of civilian deaths or collateral victims were they disposed to accept as tolerable.

· How many civilians have died during these 20 years as result of actions by the United States and NATO.

· How much have the Spanish enterprises that produce weapons and security services in Afghanistan earned.

· How much money has Spain spent in Afghanistan and how much on the development of social services.

· What have they done for the Afghan society to consider women as people with all their rights and in charge of their own lives beyond masculine guardianship.

· What have they done to save their lives and protect women activists, defenders of the rights of the women, who remain in obscurity.

· If they are going to whitewash the Taliban regime and sacrifice the women in order to “stabilize the area”.

Women in Black believe that real stabilization of the area is intimately bound to the situation of women and especially of the activists for the rights of Afghan women. For that purpose, in order to negotiate the international aids with the Afghan regime, we observe that it must be irreversibly and permanently conditioned so that:

- The repression ends. The women must also feel support and visibility for their work and claims by the international organizations.

- Women be the official facilitators for the international organizations as well as those of the European Union and Spain, and demand that activists for the rights of Afghan women take part.

- We request that the EU comply with the Geneva Convention and welcome the Afghan refugees fleeing from the war in search of a life with dignity and that they expedite welcoming procedures.

Translation: Trisha Novak, USA