A day after a two-day meeting of Afghan politicians and Taliban representatives in Moscow, Afghan youths at a gathering in Kabul said they have not been given an active role in the process and that they are concerned about possible “agreements” in this regard which they believe will “affect the past 18 years’ achievements” including freedom of speech and women’s rights.
The two-day Moscow talks between Afghan politicians and Taliban wrapped up on Wednesday when the delegates issued a joint declaration that highlights nine key points they agreed on.
The activists defined peace as a dream of every Afghan but said that it should be sustainable and that the role of the young generation should not be underestimated in this process.
According to participants of the event, Afghans are the main victims of the war; therefore, the Taliban should talk with the people of Afghanistan, not groups.
The event was held to honor the best youth in society and to discuss their role in the peace process.
“The topic (peace) should be discussed with the youths,” said Kanishka Nasiri, a civil society activist.
“The Afghan youths are seeking peace through any possible way,” said Mohammad Fardin, an activist.
Women at the gathering said their rights should be reserved in the peace process.
“A peace should be established which will help women to work in all sectors; not a peace which sidelines women,” said Husna, a women’s rights activist.
“Women’s place will be at home again and their rights will be violated if deals are made (on peace),” said Mastoora Arzo, an activist.