News ID: 322991
Published: 0225 GMT July 20, 2022

UN records hundreds of killings and rights violations by Taliban

UN records hundreds of killings and rights violations by Taliban

Acting Head of United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Markus Potzel speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 20, 2022.

The Taliban have carried out hundreds of human rights violations in Afghanistan since seizing power last year, the United Nations said Wednesday, including extra judicial killings and torture.

“There’s no denying that the findings of our report are extremely serious,” Markus Potzel, acting head of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), told a news conference in Kabul, according to AFP.

The Taliban have routinely denied accusation of rights abuses since overthrowing the previous Western-backed government, but a UNAMA report released Wednesday listed multiple accounts.

It documented 160 allegations of extra judicial killings, 56 incidents of torture and ill treatment and more than 170 arbitrary arrests and detentions against former government officials and national security force members since August.

The most common methods of torture included kicking, punching and slapping, beatings with cables and pipes and use of electric shock devices.

It documented more than 200 instances of cruel, inhumane or degrading punishments – including beating shopkeepers for not attending mosque – and more than 100 cases of excessive use of force.

Since the end of the war, security has vastly improved across the country with a huge drop in civilian casualties.

However, the Taliban – notorious for their brutal reign of terror between 1996 and 2001 – have sharply restricted the freedoms of Afghans, particularly women and girls.

UNAMA had 87 reports of violence against women and girls including murder, rape, suicide, forced marriages including child marriage, assault and battery, as well as two cases of honour killing – none of which have been registered with the formal justice system.



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