The statement was signed by 14 experts.

14 independent UN experts in the field of human rights have called on the United States to unblock assets belonging to Afghanistan in order to solve acute humanitarian problems of the Afghan population. In a statement published in Geneva on Monday, they noted that we are talking about more than $7 billion, which Washington froze after the Taliban movement came to power in Kabul in August 2021.

“We call on the United States to pay serious attention to the growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and reconsider the decision to block the foreign assets of the Central Bank of Afghanistan,” the authors of the statement noted. They expect the U.S. authorities to take the necessary steps “in accordance with human rights obligations” and “abandon their unilateral measure.” The experts sent their recommendations to the U.S. government, however, as noted in the document, “unfortunately, it has not yet responded.”

The statement says that more than 23 million Afghans need food aid. UN experts are particularly concerned about the situation of more than 4 million internally displaced persons and more than 3.5 million of those who left the country in search of asylum abroad.

14 experts signed the statement.