After dozens of countries accused the Taliban last Sunday of carrying out summary executions and enforced disappearances of former members of the police and security services, the United Nations on Tuesday expressed concern about extrajudicial operations.
In detail, the Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights at the International Organization, Nada Al-Nashif, announced before the Human Rights Council that the Taliban committed 72 executions between August and November against former members of the Afghan security forces and people associated with the previous government.
She added that the organization was informed by reliable sources of more than 100 executions of former members of the Afghan National Security Forces and others associated with the previous government, at least 72 of them were attributed to the Taliban.
She also continued that there were executions of individuals who were killed by hanging or beheading, stressing that the movement recruits boys and suppresses women’s rights.
It noted that at least 8 Afghan activists and two journalists have been killed since August, documenting 59 cases of illegal detention and threats.
20 countries on the line of crisis
This came after about 20 countries, including Britain and Japan, as well as the European Union, in a statement issued by the US State Department, stressed their grave concern about reports of summary executions and enforced disappearances of former members of the security forces, as documented by Human Rights Watch and other human rights organizations. Considering that they are acts that constitute serious human rights violations and contradict the amnesty announced by the movement previously.
It is noteworthy that Human Rights Watch had issued a report early last week that documented the execution of dozens of policemen, and reported cases of enforced disappearance of 47 members of the security forces, and other military, police and intelligence personnel who were arrested by Taliban forces, between mid-August and October.
Since the Taliban took control of the country, thousands of former employees, pilots, and soldiers have left and fled, fearing reprisals by the movement, especially after the latter obtained a number of data with the names of employees, security men, and workers with American companies or coalition forces over the past years.
It is noteworthy that the representative of Afghanistan in the Human Rights Council revealed last August, after the Taliban movement took control of the country, that the situation requires urgent attention, pointing out that millions of Afghans are in danger.
He reported at the time that widespread violations had occurred in Kandahar, pointing out that millions of Afghans feared for their lives, and that the Taliban should know that violations would not go unpunished, warning of an exacerbation of the humanitarian crisis.