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Afghanistan: UN counts hundreds of human rights violations

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Since coming to power, the Taliban have always insisted on respect for human rights – a UN report paints a completely different picture. It lists hundreds of human rights violations and describes the dire situation in the country.

The United Nations has criticized the human rights situation in Afghanistan nearly a year after Taliban Islamist militants came to power. There have been extrajudicial executions, assaults, arrests, torture and rape, according to a new report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Its leader, Markus Potzel, described the results as “extremely serious”.

arbitrariness and violence

The Taliban have repeatedly denied human rights violations – their spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid criticized the report as baseless and false propaganda.

However, the UN report lists 160 allegations of extrajudicial executions since radical Islamists took power in August last year. 56 alleged cases of torture and ill-treatment have been documented and more than 170 arbitrary arrests and detentions of former government officials and security forces.

The most common forms of torture are kicking and punching – also with cables and pipes – and electric shocks. Cruel, inhuman or degrading punishments were reportedly used more than 200 times, such as the beating of shopkeepers who did not go to the mosque.

Women’s rights severely restricted

The report also lists 87 alleged cases of violence against women and girls, including murder, rape, forced marriage, child marriage and assault.

Contrary to their promises, the Taliban also closed girls’ schools from grade seven. As a result, Afghanistan loses the opportunity to benefit from its capabilities, says Potzel: “Education for all is not only a basic human right, it is also the key to a country’s progress and development.

Repressed protests and poor economic situation

The Taliban have repeatedly used violence to quell protests and dissent, including in retaliation against journalists, human rights activists and suspected resisters. The spectrum ranges from intimidation to arrests to murder.

The country’s economic situation has also deteriorated further: 60% of Afghans depend on humanitarian aid, which is six million more people than in August 2021.

Moreover, there is still no peace in the country, even though the security situation has improved: there are fewer armed conflicts, but from August to June, 700 civilians died and more than 1,400 have been hurt. According to the UN, most attacks against civilians are carried out by the “Islamic State” (IS).

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