In the midst of a financial crisis, Taliban authorities in Afghanistan disbanded five major departments of the former US-backed administration, including the Human Rights Commission.
This fiscal year, Afghanistan will have a budget deficit of 44 billion Afghanis, according to Taliban officials, who announced their first annual national budget since taking control of the country last August.
The dissolved departments, in addition to the Human Rights Commission, are the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), National Security Council, Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of the Constitution (ICOIC), and the General Secretariats of the Wolesi Jirga (Lower House) and Mishrano Jirga (Upper House).
The Taliban government’s Deputy Spokesperson, Innamullah Samangani, told Reuters, “Because these departments were not deemed necessary and were not included in the budget, they have been dissolved,”.
The national budget, according to Samangani, is “based on objective facts” and is solely for departments that have been active and productive.
“If needed,” he said, the bodies could be reactivated in the future.
Despite the Taliban’s assurances to the world that they would be more moderate, they have yet to allow older girls to return to school and have imposed rules mandating women and girls to wear Hijab and be accompanied in public by male relatives.