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IEA: International Condemnation of Flogging is Islam-Disrespecting and ‘Provocative’

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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).

The incumbent administration’s officials have said that criticizing flogging is “disrespect” to Islam in reaction to the widespread condemnation of flogging and other corporal punishments prescribed by Sharia law.

The spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), Zabihullah Mujahid, stated on his Twitter account on Friday, November 25, that while countries and organizations should not permit “irresponsible and provocative” statements against Islam, their criticism of the Islamic penal code constitutes a “disrespect” for the religion.

Since the tweet directly addressed the comments of the rights organizations opposing flogging, it indicates that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights statement triggered the IEA official’s statement.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights denounced on Friday, November 25, the flogging of 14 people in Logar province of eastern Afghanistan by government officials.

“We are appalled by mass floggings in public by the de facto authorities of 14 people in Logar province on Wednesday, and call for this abhorrent form of punishment to cease immediately,” the UN Human Rights statement reads.

International law maintains that flogging and other corporal punishments are cruel, inhumane, and degrading. People should be treated with “dignity” and “equality,” according to the UN Human Rights statement.

Local IEA officials in Logar stated that 14 people, including 3 women, who were the convicts of theft and other “moral crimes”, received their sentenced flogging.  He claimed that the punishment was not implemented publicly.

The group’s supreme leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, previously ordered the judges to implement the corporal punishments stipulated by the Sharia law on Hadd and Qisas crimes.

The Supreme Court, in a statement, confirmed that corporal punishments were administered to 19 people in Takhar province in northern Afghanistan in the first week after the IEA supreme leader ordered courts to follow and implement Sharia law.

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