Amnesty says Taliban must halt their abuses in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: A leading worldwide rights group appealed on Monday for the UN Human Rights Council to deal with the continued, “relentless abuses” by Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers, including extreme restrictions on ladies and freedom of speech.
Regardless of preliminary guarantees for a extra average stance, the Taliban have imposed harsh measures since taking power in August 2021 as US and NATO forces have been in the ultimate weeks of their pullout from Afghanistan after 20 years of warfare.
The Taliban have banned ladies from public life and women schooling beyond the sixth grade, carried out public executions after sentences before Taliban courts and cracked down on minority communities.
Amnesty Worldwide stated the Taliban have additionally focused ladies’s rights defenders, teachers, and activists in current months and detained them unlawfully. The arrests are arbitrary and those detained haven’t any authorized recourse or access to their households.
The London-based mostly watchdog referred to as on the UN Human Rights Council to determine an unbiased investigative mechanism in Afghanistan as soon as attainable and for United Nations members to act toward ending impunity and making certain justice for victims of Taliban abuses.
“The human rights state of affairs in Afghanistan is deteriorating quickly, and the Taliban’s relentless abuses proceed every single day,” stated Agnes Callamard, Amnesty’s secretary common.
“It’s clear that the Taliban are usually not prepared nor capable of examine actions by their members that grossly violate the human rights of Afghanistan’s population,” she added.
The group also stated that individuals who publicly criticize “abusive guidelines” of the Taliban have been arrested with none explanations while the crackdown on ladies’s rights and public killings of minority ethnic Hazaras proceed unchecked.
Amongst those detained are Narges Sadat, a ladies’s rights defender; civil society activist Fardin Fedayee; writer and activist Zekria Asoli and in addition Afghan-French journalist Mortaza Behboudi. Former Afghan lawmaker Qais Khan Wakili and journalist Muhammad Yar Majroh are additionally in custody, Amnesty stated.
In lots of instances, no info was given for the arrest and whereabouts of those detained, amounting to enforced disappearance, the group stated.
Taliban spokesmen weren’t instantly out there to comment on Amnesty’s report.
Individually, Amnesty reported Taliban abuses in northern Panjshir province, where their forces are preventing resistance members of the so-referred to as Nationwide Resistance Entrance.
The rights group stated it authenticated photographs and videos on social media posts of at the least eight incidents between Might and August 2022, displaying arbitrary arrests and detentions of some 87 individuals in Panjshir.
Amnesty cited an unnamed witness as saying that in a type of incidents, the Taliban referred to as residents within the village of Dan-i-Rivat in Panjshir from a mosque loudspeaker to a gathering, then tied some 50 males who confirmed up, palms behind their backs, and beat them with their rifle butts earlier than taking them away.

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