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Taliban extrajudicial killings; Amnesty International urges action

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KABUL – Amnesty International has called on countries to prosecute those Taliban members accused of committing crimes under international law. It urged application of universal jurisdiction which would grant any nation the authority to prosecute Taliban members.

Amnesty International sought action by pinpointing a recent UN report about Taliban’s extrajudicial killings directed at former government officials and security personnel. UNAMA in a report on Tuesday exposed extrajudicial killings, arbitrary detentions, torture, and other forms of mistreatment carried out by de facto Taliban authorities against former Afghan government and security personnel. The report documented a minimum of 218 extrajudicial killings involving ex-government officials and security force members over a span of less than two years, from August 2021 to June 2023.

UNAMA’s head, Roza Otunbayeva, emphasized that the Taliban administration “must exhibit a sincere commitment to a comprehensive amnesty in order to ensure genuine opportunities for justice, reconciliation, and enduring peace in Afghanistan.”

The report was rejected by Zabihullah Mujahid, the chief spokesperson for the Taliban. He accused “certain bodies within the United Nations, of consistently disseminating propaganda rather than grasping the realities of Afghanistan and acknowledging positive advancements”.

In August 2021, a year subsequent to assuming control of Afghanistan, the Taliban made assurances to uphold women’s rights within the confines of their interpretation of Islamic law. Nonetheless, their ascendancy has led to substantial setbacks for women and girls, subjecting them to severe limitations on education, movement, and employment opportunities.

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