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Afghanistan’s Future ‘Bleak’ If Nothing Done to Reverse Deteriorating Human Rights: UN Experts

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

UN experts warned that the future of Afghanistan is “bleak” if more is not done to restore the declining human rights situation, especially for women and girls, calling on the international community.

In a statement released on Friday, August 12, the UN experts urged the international community to significantly increase efforts to pressure the Taliban authorities to uphold basic human rights principles.

The experts argued in the statement that the Taliban had not only fallen short of their pledges of upholding human rights but have also largely reversed the accomplishments gained over the previous two decades.

Since August 2021, the Taliban have violated a wide range of human rights, with their “systematic oppression” of women and girls and virtual exclusion of these groups from society being among the most egregious.

 “There is little or no sign that the human rights situation is turning a corner,” the statement reads.

 “Arbitrary detention, summary executions, internal displacement, unlawful restrictions, extra-judicial killings, disappearances, torture, heightened risks of exploitation faced by women and girls” are among the human egregious human rights violations of the Taliban, according to the statement of the UN experts.

Expressing concern over the rule of law under the Taliban, according to the statement, the administration of justice has been undermined due to the replacement of judges and other judicial officials, which has a negative impact on women in particular.

With regards to freedom of press, access to information has been restricted, which has stifled press freedom, said the UN experts. Journalists, human rights activists, and civil rights advocates have either left the country or completely ceased their activities in order to remain unnoticed.

The statement warned that the chances for lasting peace, rapprochement, and stability will be “minimal” in the absence of an administration that is both inclusive and representative.

The statement called on the Taliban to immediately open schools for girls and restore education for girls and women, fulfill its obligations under the international human rights and humanitarian laws, observe general amnesty, and reinstate the Independent Commission of Human Rights, which the group dissolved along other key institutions.

The UN experts’ statement comes only days before the first anniversary of the Taliban’s installation to power on August 15, 2021, as insurgents-turned-politicians.

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