Amnesty International in its latest report has highlighted that the mistreatment of Afghan women by the Taliban can be considered a “gender apartheid and a crime against humanity”.
Amnesty International on Friday called on world governments to try and punish the Taliban members involved in violating women’s rights through their international judicial powers.
The organization also asked the International Criminal Court (ICI) prosecutors to investigate the mistreatment of Afghan women by the Taliban group.
In the 62-page report prepared in collaboration with the International Commission of Jurists, numerous cases of serious violations of women’s rights have been documented. Cases such as imprisonment, torture, disappearance and misbehavior of the Taliban members with women are mentioned.
“The campaign of gender-based harassment of Afghan women is widespread, severe and systematic, refereeing to the discrimination and elimination of women and girls from the public life throughout the country,” Santiago Canton, the Secretary-General of ICJ said, reported by the International Amnesty.
He further added the organization’s findings indicate that these persecutions by the ruling regime meet the five necessary criteria to be classified as a crime against humanity.
Agnes Callamard, Secretary General of Amnesty International pointing to the Taliban policies said, “This is a war against Afghan women and the group wants to turn women into second-class citizens”.
Furthermore, the report highlights on the repressive policies of the Taliban regime against protesting women who took to the streets and demanded their rights and the removal of gender-based discrimination.
The organization also states the protesting women were subjected to torture and mistreatment during their detention and were forced to sign confessions to avoid protesting against the ruling regime in the future.