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Formal meeting (oral evidence session): The UK and Afghanistan

International Relations and Defence Committee
The UK and Afghanistan

Wednesday 28 October 2020

Start times: 10.00am (private) 10.00am (public)

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Women’s rights and regional perspectives on Afghanistan

The House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee will take evidence from the Special Envoy of the President of Afghanistan and on experts on India and Iran’s relationship with Afghanistan.

The Committee will ask about the current state of women’s rights in and Afghanistan, the potential effect of the peace talks on women’s rights, as well as considering and the objectives of Iran and India in Afghanistan.

Meeting details

At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry The UK and Afghanistan
Special envoy of the President and State Minister for Human Rights and International Affairs at Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Member at UN High Level Panel on Displacement, and Member at Advisory Board on Mediation to UN Secretary General
At 11.00am: Oral evidence
Inquiry The UK and Afghanistan
Associate Professor and Deputy Director, South Asia Institute at School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Adjunct Associate Professor, Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University, and Institute for Political Studies at Sciences Po, Paris

Possible questions

At 10am

  • To what extent have women’s rights and participation progressed in Afghanistan since 2001?
  • Does the progress made on women’s rights and participation vary by socio-economic status, region and ethnic group?
  • How would you assess the current levels of protection, fair application of the rule of law and access to justice for women in Afghanistan?

At 11am

  • What are the positions of India and Iran and Central Asian countries towards the US – Taliban agreement and peace talks in Afghanistan?
  • Do you expect Iran and India’s policy towards Afghanistan to change after the withdrawal of US troops?
  • What are the most significant security issues between Afghanistan and India and Afghanistan and Iran?

Further information


Virtual meeting