In a report detailing serious human rights violations conducted by Taliban forces since their takeover, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) found that more than 700 civilians had been killed and more than 1400 injured.

A recent UNAMA report confirms many of the concerns Afghan human rights activists have voiced since the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan last August.

Summary killings and forced disappearances of former Afghan National Security Forces personnel are just two serious human rights violations Taliban forces have committed. These violations persisted for months after the Taliban took control of the country, according to the report.

According to this report, the Taliban were responsible for 178 arbitrary arrests and 160 extrajudicial (desert) executions between August 15, 2021, and June 15, 2022.

In the last 10 months, the Taliban allegedly perpetrated 23 acts of unlawful, arbitrary arrests of former soldiers and 56 cases of torture, maltreatment, and threats.

More than 100 ISIS members were allegedly unlawfully killed in Nangarhar, in eastern Afghanistan, by the Taliban.

The Taliban, on the other hand, denies the report by UNAMA calling it “unfounded” and “propaganda”.

Zabihullah Mujahid, in reaction to UNAMA’s report on Taliban repression and abuse in Afghanistan, stated that “The UNAMA report on human rights in Afghanistan is not true.”

He declared that anyone who engages in extrajudicial executions or arbitrary arrest will be prosecuted as a criminal and subject to Sharia law.

Author

  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).