Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez requests Joe Biden to help Afghan UN employees flee to America
- The Democrats urged Joe Biden to issue visas to some members of the UN's Afghan staff
- Since the Taliban took control, they have been accused of taking away human rights
- Rep Alexandria Cortez made an appeal to Joe Biden in a letter to assist Afghan employees
Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made an appeal to President Joe Biden in a letter to assist Afghan employees of the United Nations in escaping from Afghanistan by providing them with US visas. Ocasio-Cortez urged the President alongside Rep Joaquin Castro and 10 other Democratic House colleagues after congratulating the Biden administration on "evacuating nearly 125,000 people from Afghanistan despite facing immense challenges". They claimed those employees could be targeted by the Taliban as they had "worked for years to promote peace, democracy, and human rights."
"We write to urge you to ensure that Afghan national United Nations (UN) employees who fear for their safety receive visas and authorization to leave the country with their families," the lawmakers wrote. "While we support the United Nations maintaining a presence in Afghanistan to the extent possible, as well as delivering humanitarian assistance, this should not come at the expense of Afghan nationals who signed up to work under vastly different circumstances and now face grave threats to their security because of their previous work and other factors."
"These people have selflessly served as the backbone of the international community's efforts to help the Afghan people," they added. "Many are outspoken professional women, symbols to their communities whose very existence is intolerable to the Taliban. It is simply unthinkable to leave them at the mercy of the Taliban."
The Democrats urged Joe Biden to "lead by example and issue visas to some members of the UN's Afghan staff."
Biden withdrew all U.S. forces from Afghanistan this summer, following through on peace deal that the administration of former President Donald Trump had brokered with the Taliban last year.
Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, they have been accused of taking away human rights.
On Monday, Amnesty International, the International Federation for Human Rights and the World Organisation Against Torture together issued a briefing detailing the Taliban’s abusive actions.
"In just over five weeks since assuming control of Afghanistan, the Taliban have clearly demonstrated that they are not serious about protecting or respecting human rights," Dinushika Dissanayake, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for South Asia, said in a statement. "We have already seen a wave of violations, from reprisal attacks and restrictions on women, to crackdowns on protests, the media and civil society."