Human rights

Taliban reject report on human rights abuses in Afghanistan

The Taliban-led government of Afghanistan has dismissed a recent report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) that expressed concern about human rights violations, especially those of women and girls, in the war-torn country.

In a statement on Friday, the spokesman for the Taliban government in the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), Zabihullah Mujahid, said citizens currently enjoy better human rights than at any other time in the country, reports TOLO News.

“The Islamic Emirate asks the UN and human rights agencies not to listen to propaganda… They must consider and accept the truth in the country. Human rights are respected compared to the past 20 years in Afghanistan,” he said, adding that HRW’s report was “incorrect and baseless.”

Mujahid’s remarks came a day after HRW released its report which also called for an end to an exemption on IEA travel bans.

“Human Rights Watch today released a new statement calling for specific action by the UN Security Council in response to the growing level of Taliban abuses against women and girls in Afghanistan,” Heather Barr, associate director of the Women’s Rights Division at HRW, was quoted as saying in the report.

“In June, the travel ban exemptions that are currently in place for fourteen members of the Taliban leadership will expire, at which time we call on the Security Council, not only to end these exemptions, but also to consider whether it might be necessary to issue a travel ban against additional persons.

Travel bans on some IEA leaders were first imposed in 1999 as part of the UN’s response to violent activities in Afghanistan and were partially suspended three years ago to allow 14 members of the incumbent Taliban government to attend the peace talks, reports TOLO News.

Meanwhile, the UN Security Council will hold a meeting on human rights, particularly regarding women, in June.