Senators call on Biden to evacuate top Afghan women – live

Senators call on Biden to evacuate top Afghan women – live

Of them Democrats to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chairman Bob Menendez and member Jeanne Shaheen, organized a bipartisan letter urging the Administration de Biden to protect Afghan women after the capture of Kabul by Taliban forces.

In addition to Menendez and Shaheen, 44 senators from both parties signed the letter, which was sent to the Secretary of State. Antoine Blink and Secretary for Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Joined by @ SenatorShaheen & 44 of our colleagues by urging the administration to act quickly to support and evacuate Afghan women leaders facing unprecedented danger following the violent capture of Kabul by the Taliban. Our bipartite letter to @SecBlinken @SecMayorkas:

August 17, 2021

Among the signatories of the letter was the majority leader Chuck Schumer, progressive senator Bernie Sanders and republican senator Lisa Murkowski.

“We urge you to create a category of humanitarian parole specifically for women leaders, activists, human rights defenders, judges, parliamentarians, journalists and members of the Afghan Special Security Forces Women Tactical Platoon and to streamline the administrative process to facilitate referrals. to enable rapid, humane and efficient relocation to the United States, ”said the senators.

“We and our staff regularly receive reports of targeting, threats, kidnappings, torture and killings of women for their work in the defense and promotion of democracy, equality, higher education and human rights. human rights. …

“We greatly appreciate your efforts to help save the lives of the Afghans who have advanced the common interests of the United States and Afghanistan for the past generation, defending peace, democracy and equality. We all agree that we owe them our full support.


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