HC Deb 18 July 2001 vol 372 c261W
Ann Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made to the regime in Afghanistan about the proposed law which will require Hindus to identify themselves by wearing yellow badges. [4736]

Mr. Bradshaw

Our High Commission in Islamabad raised our concerns about the edict with the Taliban mission in Islamabad on 23 May. We worked closely with our EU partners on the 25 May EU Declaration which urged the Taliban not to implement this edict and reminded them of their obligations under international human rights law. We understand that the edict has not yet been formally implemented, and that an alternative identity card system is under consideration.