Before and during the negotiations, various concerns have been raised by the citizens, including the preservation of the republic system.
In an interview with the CSHRN, Mr. Ishaqzadah said that civil society activists had shared their messages with the government before the initiation of the start of the negotiations. “In the peace Consultative Jirga, which was held to gather the views of the people, the common message was that, as a first step, the current system, for which thousands of security forces have been sacrificed, should be maintained so that the achievements of other citizens are preserved” said Mr. Ishaqzada.
CSHRN: How do you think the Taliban’s participation in power will affect the civil activities and human rights of the citizens?
Is’haqzadah: In my opinion, with the Taliban’s supposed participation in power, Afghanistan should not return to the past. Favorable terms should be provided for the civil society activists and those who carry out voluntary activities. Even if the Taliban come to power, civic activities must increase, and civil society activists must be supported to make the voices of the oppressed citizens heard. Members of the negotiating team, appointed on behalf of the Afghan government and people to negotiate with the Taliban, should have serious discussions in order to provide more and better opportunities for women and civil society activists after the peace agreement.
CSHRN: What do you think should be discussed as the most important issues with regards to women in the peace talks?
Is’haqzadah: In the past few years, suitable environment has been provided for women’s education and social activities. For this reason, one of the issues related to women that should be discussed is their right to education and employment.
CSHRN: Do you think any restrictions imposed on women’s rights is acceptable?
Is’haqzada: No restriction on women’s rights is acceptable. On the contrary, supportive environment should be provided for their activities. Women’s rights enshrined in the constitution should be protected. Otherwise, with half the population of the country paralyzed, society will not flourish.
CSHRN: How to ensure that the Taliban will not violate their commitments?
Is’haqzada: International community as the observer is the guarantee for the implementation of their commitment. On the other hand, the Taliban themselves, as one side of the agreement, should think about the interests of Afghanistan and not violate their commitments only to become an untrustworthy group. I think that the best guarantee is the agreement signed between the government and the Taliban.
CSHRN: What is your prediction of the peace talks?
Is’haqzadeh: People are tired of war and hope for lasting peace. We hope that the international community will put pressure on the negotiating parties to ensure lasting ceasefire and peace.
He added that in addition to the republic system, other important issues should be raised as red lines in the talks are the achievements of the last two decades and the effective presence of women in various fields, including politics and society.
According Mr. Is’haqzadah, all issues discussed in the negotiations should be shared with the people.