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Taoiseach calls on Taliban to respect humanitarian laws as Ireland prepares to accept refugees

The Taoiseach has called on the Taliban to respect humanitarian laws as the Islamist group took control of the Presidential Palace in Afghanistan.

Martin released a statement, where he said he was deeply concerned with what was taking place in the country.


”I fully endorse the call from UN Secretary General António Guterres for the Taliban to exercise the utmost restraint. Protecting lives, meeting humanitarian needs and respecting people’s human rights are paramount,” he said.

“All parties, including the Taliban, are obliged to, and must, respect international humanitarian law.”

United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres called on the Taliban to uphold human rights, particularly for women and girls.


“I am particularly concerned by accounts of mounting human rights violations against the women and girls of Afghanistan, who fear a return to the darkest days,” he said.

“The international community must unite to make sure that Afghanistan is never again used as a platform or safe haven for terrorist organisations.”

Minister for Foreign Affairs Affairs Simon Coveney said Ireland will accept at least 100-150 more refugees from Afghanistan.


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