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July 06, 2017

Robot allowed into US for competition, but no visa for Afghan girls who made it

Robot allowed into US for competition, but no visa for Afghan girls who made it

All-girl group of robotics trainees should enjoy device complete at worldwide contest in Washington through video link after entry allows declined

Two Afghan ladies declined visas to the United States for a robot-building competitors have actually stated they were dumbfounded as the contests organisers stated groups from Iran and Sudan along with a de facto Syrian group had actually acquired visas.

The uncommon story of the Afghan all-girl group of robotics trainees became the United States comes to grips with the legality of President Donald Trumps order to momentarily prohibit travel from 6 Muslim-majority nations.

Afghanistan itself is not on the list and Team Afghanistans robotic, unlike its developers, has actually been permitted entry to the United States. Asked by Reuters on Tuesday why the women were prohibited, a United States State Department representative mentioned policies restricting the firm from talking about private visa cases.

So the 6 employee will view the ball-sorting device contend in Washington DC through video link throughout the 16-18 July occasion from their home town of Herat, in western Afghanistan, inning accordance with the First Global contest organisers.

We still do not know the reason that we were not given visas, since other nations taking part in the competitors have actually been offered visas, stated 14-year-old Fatemah Qaderyan, part of the group that made 2 journeys to the United States embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, to obtain their documents.

No one understands about the future however we did our finest and we hope that our robotic might get a position along other robotics from other nations, Qaderyan stated.

Most of the female employee were either babies or not yet born at the time of the US-backed military intervention in Afghanistan in 2001 that fell the Taliban program whose ultra-hardline analysis of Islamic sharia law prohibited women from school, ladies from working outside the house and all women from leaving house without a male relative.

More than 15 years later on around 10,000 United States and allied global soldiers stay in Afghanistan to support an elected federal government in Kabul that constitutionally ensures womens rights however is significantly losing ground to a Taliban revolt that now manages or contests some 40% of area.

Qaderyans colleague from Herat, 17-year-old Lida Azizi, was less flexible of the United States visa choice. All the nations can take part in the competitors, however we cant. Its a clear insult for the individuals of Afghanistan, Azizi stated.

First Globals president, Joe Sestak, stated in a post on its Facebook page that he was distressed by the United States choice however the Afghan group would have the ability to get in touch with the competitors through a live Skype video link.

That is how we should now honour our fellow colleagues, those brave women from Afghanistan, he stated.

He included that the groups of 156 nations consisting of from Iran and Sudan, which are on Trumps list of nations whose residents are prohibited from entry had actually gotten their visas.

The assistance of the United States State Department (including its embassies) has actually been merely absolutely nothing except incredible, Sestak stated in the post, including that a person other group, from Gambia, had actually been likewise rejected visas.

Also authorized for visas was Team Hope, a group of Syrian refugees, he stated.

Syria is amongst the Muslim-majority nations called in Trumps executive order restricting all residents from entry for 90 days. The other nations, apart from Iran, Syria and Sudan, are Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

In a 26 June ruling the United States supreme court restored parts of Trumps 6 March executive order that had actually been obstructed by lower courts. The greatest court let the restriction move forward with a restricted scope, stating that it can not use to anybody with a reputable and authentic relationship with a United States individual or entity.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/05/robot-allowed-into-us-for-competition-but-no-visa-for-afghan-girls-who-made-it

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