Human rights

UN details Taliban human rights violations

More than 100 former members of the Afghan national security forces and others have been killed since the Taliban takeover, most at the hands of the die-hard Islamist group that recruits boy soldiers and abolishes women’s rights, according to the ‘UN.

Nada al-Nashif, Deputy United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that in addition, at least 50 suspected members of a local Islamic State branch known as ISIS-Khorasan – an ideological enemy of the Taliban – died by hanging and beheading.

In a speech to the Human Rights Council, she described the Taliban regime as marked by extrajudicial killings across the country and restrictions on the human rights of women and girls.

Families face “deep poverty and hunger” this winter amid reports of child labor, early marriages and “even the sale of children,” al-Nashif said.

At least 72 of the more than 100 alleged killings were attributed to the Taliban, she said, adding: “In several cases the bodies have been exposed publicly. This has exacerbated the fear among this important category of the population.

The Taliban’s decree earlier this month made no reference to women’s and girls’ rights to education, work and their freedom of movement and participation in public life, al-Nashif said.

At least eight Afghan activists and two journalists have been killed since August, while the UN has also documented 59 illegal detentions, she said.

“The safety of Afghan judges, prosecutors and lawyers – especially women lawyers – is of particular concern,” she added.

The former government’s Afghan envoy accused the Taliban of committing a wide range of abuses, including targeted assassinations and enforced disappearances.

“With the Taliban’s military takeover of Kabul, not only are we witnessing a total reversal of two decades of advances … but the group is also committing a litany of abuses with impunity which, in many cases, are neither reported nor documented, ”he added. Nasir Ahmad Andisha told the forum

Andisha, Kabul’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva who is still recognized by the world body, said that “credible reports have revealed stories of ethnic and tribal purges in several provinces of the country.”