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Thursday, August 11, 2022

UN condemns human rights violations in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD ( Associated Press) – Hundreds of people have been killed in Afghanistan since the Taliban seized power nearly a year ago, although security has generally increased since then, the United Nations said in a report released Wednesday.

The UN aid mission in Afghanistan in its report also condemned the human rights violations faced by girls and women in the country under the Taliban.

“It is high time that all Afghans can live in peace and rebuild their lives after 20 years of armed conflict. Our monitoring shows that despite the improvement in security since August 15, the people of Afghanistan, Women and girls, in particular, are deprived of the full enjoyment of their human rights,” said Markus Potzel, Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Afghanistan.

According to the report, 700 people have been killed and 1,400 injured since August 2021, when the Taliban captured Kabul, just as US and NATO forces concluded their withdrawal.

Much of the violence has been attributed to the local branch of the Islamic State group, a bitter rival of the Taliban, which has attacked ethnic groups and communities in schools, temples and other places of daily life.

In Afghanistan, civilians of Shia and Hazara minorities have been frequently attacked with bombs and other weapons. Most of the attacks have been claimed by a local ally of Islamic State.

The United Nations also condemned that the Taliban had not fulfilled its promise made last year for a general amnesty. Fiona Fraser, the UN representative for human rights in Afghanistan, said the world body had recorded 160 extrajudicial killings and 178 arrests of former government or military officials.

The document said that human rights violations in Afghanistan should be investigated by the authorities, those responsible should be brought to justice and steps should be taken to prevent future incidents.

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