In Afghanistan, UN accuses Taliban of extrajudicial killings

The United Nations, Tuesday, December 14, denounced “Extrajudicial executions” former members of the Afghan security forces and others associated with the former government, attributing 72 to the Taliban.

“I am alarmed by the persistent reports of extrajudicial executions across the country, despite the general amnesty announced by the Taliban after August 15”Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif told the Human Rights Council. “In several cases, the bodies were displayed in public. This has exacerbated the fear among a significant part of the population ”, estimated Mme Al-Nashif.

“Between August and November, we received credible allegations of over 100 executions of former members of the Afghan national security forces and others associated with the former government, of which at least 72 were attributed to the Taliban “, she explained again.

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Furthermore, “In Nangarhar province alone, at least fifty extrajudicial executions of people suspected of being members of IS-K [Etat islamique au Khorassan] seem to have been committed “, she continued.

“Personal rivalries or enmities”, according to the Taliban

The United States and its Western allies have already said at the beginning of December “Concerned” by “Summary executions” former members of the Afghan security forces by the Taliban regime, exposed by human rights organizations, and called for swift investigations.

The NGO Human Rights Watch released a report which it claims documents “The killings or disappearances of 47 former members of the Afghan national security forces who surrendered or were detained by the Taliban forces between August 15 and October 31”. But the Taliban dismissed the accusations, which they tried “Unjust”.

These accusations have been circulating for months in the country but remain very difficult to prove. “Unfounded rumors should not be taken at face value”, reacted Tuesday afternoon the spokesman of the Foreign Ministry Taliban, Abdul Qahar Balkhi.

The Taliban “Fully respect the amnesty decree, and employees of previous governments are not persecuted”, he added, assuring that there will be investigations into each suspected case and that any Taliban guilty of violating the amnesty will be “Tried and punished”. “There have been cases of murders of former members of the security forces” of the government overthrown last summer, “But because of rivalries or personal enmities”, however, had acknowledged Taliban Interior Ministry spokesman Qari Sayed Khosti.

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The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in mid-August, as the US-backed government in Kabul and the country’s military crumbled. The Afghan economy, which relied heavily on international subsidies, has since collapsed. Washington froze the assets of the central bank of Afghanistan, and the International Monetary Fund suspended aid to Kabul. The World Bank, which had done the same, announced on December 11 aid of 280 million dollars (nearly 250 million euros) for the country.

Concerns about women’s rights

“The Afghan people are today facing a deep humanitarian crisis which threatens the most fundamental human rights”, said Mme Al-Nashif. “This situation is aggravated by the impact of sanctions and the freezing of state assets”, she said, warning the international community that its “Political choices (…) are a matter of life and death ” for Afghans. “They will set the course for Afghanistan in the future”, she warned.

The Taliban’s return to power came twenty years after they were driven out by US forces as punishment for harboring leaders of Al-Qaeda, perpetrators of the September 11 attacks a few months earlier. The United States had put an end to its fundamentalist regime, which had brought it international opprobrium mainly because of the brutal treatment of women, the disrespect for human rights and the rigorous interpretation of Islam. .

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The current Taliban leaders, eager to gain international respectability, have promised that their regime will be different. On December 3, the supreme leader of the Taliban called on the government, in an executive order, to “Take serious measures to ensure respect for women’s rights” in Afghanistan, especially against forced marriages, without mentioning the right to work or study.

Tuesday, Mme Al-Nashif called this decree « signal important » but who ” leaves many questions unanswered ”. ” For example, did she say, it does not clearly state a minimum age for marriage and does not refer to the broader rights of women and girls to education, work, freedom of movement or participation in public life. “ She also lamented the “Marked decline” secondary school attendance by girls, in particular due to the lack of female teachers.

The World with AFP

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