KABUL: The United Nations mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) stated on Wednesday that the ruling Taliban had been answerable for extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrests, and inhumane punishments within the 10 months since they seized energy.
An UNAMA report stated the violations had been focused at a variety of teams, together with these related to the ousted authorities, human rights defenders and journalists. Ladies’s rights had additionally been eroded, it stated.
“UNAMA is worried in regards to the impunity with which members of the de facto authorities seem to have carried out human rights violations,” it stated in an announcement.
The time period “de facto authorities” refers back to the Taliban administration which took over Afghanistan in August final yr after overseas forces withdrew and the elected authorities collapsed.
A spokesman for the Taliban authorities rejected the report’s findings, calling them baseless.
“Arbitrary arrests and extrajudicial killing usually are not allowed,” Zabihullah Mujahid stated on Twitter. Anybody discovered responsible of such violations shall be thought-about a legal and shall be handled based on Sharia regulation, he stated.
Taliban officers have prior to now stated retribution assaults weren’t taking place with their management’s consent and that they’d barred fighters from such actions. Additionally they stated they’d started a technique of purging their ranks of parts that didn’t absolutely observe directions.
Whereas the assertion acknowledged steps taken by Taliban authorities apparently aimed toward defending human rights, in addition to a “vital discount in armed violence”, it stated authorities additionally bear duty.
UNAMA notably talked about the position of two our bodies in violations — the Ministry of Propagation of Advantage and Prevention of Vice in addition to the Common Directorate of Intelligence.
The report stated the toughest hit victims had been these related to the previous authorities and its safety forces.
It listed 160 extrajudicial killings, 178 arbitrary arrests, and 56 situations of torture and ill-treatment of former authorities workers.
Human rights violations additionally affected 173 journalists and media staff, 163 of which had been attributed to Taliban authorities, together with 122 arbitrary arrests and 33 situations of threats. UNAMA additionally careworn the erosion of womens rights.
“Ladies and ladies have progressively had their rights to completely take part in schooling, the office and different features of public and every day life restricted and in lots of circumstances utterly taken away.” UNAMA recorded 2,106 civilian casualties — 700 killed, 1,406 wounded — for the reason that Taliban takeover.
A majority had been attributed to an area affiliate of the militant Islamic State group.