Headline: U.N. Report Reveals Over 200 Extrajudicial Killings by Taliban Since Takeover of Afghanistan
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In a shocking revelation, a recent U.N. report has uncovered more than 200 extrajudicial killings targeting former Afghan government officials and security forces since the Taliban took control of the country two years ago. The report, released on Tuesday, documents a total of 800 human rights violations against these individuals in the period between August 15, 2021, and June 2023.
Former army, police, and intelligence forces have become the primary targets for the Taliban. The victims were often detained briefly before being ruthlessly killed. Some were executed while in custody, while others were transported to undisclosed locations and murdered.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has strongly condemned these acts of violence, labeling them a “betrayal of the people’s trust.” The Commissioner has called on the Taliban to abide by their obligations under international human rights law.
However, the Taliban-led Afghan foreign ministry has dismissed the report, feigning ignorance of any human rights violations committed by their officials or employees.
Former Afghan soldiers faced the highest risk of human rights violations, closely followed by police and intelligence officials. Every one of the country’s 34 provinces experienced such violations, with Kabul, Kandahar, and Balkh provinces being the most affected.
Although the majority of recorded violations occurred in the four months immediately following the Taliban takeover, the report highlights that rights abuses persist to this day. The documented violations range from forced disappearances to arbitrary arrests and detentions, as well as cases of torture and ill-treatment of former government officials and security personnel.
The Taliban had initially promised a general amnesty, but have failed to honor this pledge. Their inability to hold perpetrators of human rights violations accountable raises concerns regarding the future stability of Afghanistan, cautions the report.
It is important to note that the Taliban’s enforcement of strict rules against women and girls’ education has drawn widespread international condemnation. Moreover, the Taliban administration has not yet been officially recognized by the U.N. or the international community.
The revelations highlighted in the U.N. report depict a harrowing reality in Afghanistan under Taliban rule. With a disregard for human rights and a failure to provide justice, it is crucial for the global community to closely monitor the development of the situation in the region.
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