Abdul Salam Hanafi, the deputy prime minister of the Taliban, stated during a meeting with Richard Bennett, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan, that human rights violations in Afghanistan are mere “Facebook rumors.”
The UN special rapporteur on the situation of Afghanistan, Richard Bennett, whose mandate was extended for another 12 months, visited the Taliban Deputy Prime Minister on Tuesday, October 11.
According to a statement from the Taliban’s Office of the Prime Minister, Abdul Salam Hanafi, the Taliban’s deputy prime minister, told Bennett that reports of human rights violations in Afghanistan are “Facebook rumors” and urged the UN official to personally visit various regions of the country.
“The news these days is mostly is Facebook rumors. You can personally observe and evaluate the situation when you travel to any region of Afghanistan,” Hanafi told Bennett.
The Taliban top official also stated that it is their duty to protect minorities in Afghanistan. He stated to the UN’s special rapporteur for Afghanistan that it is the Taliban’s responsibility to ensure the safety and security of the ceremonies for the minorities.
“Fortunately, Afghanistan is completely secure, and the Islamic Emirate is committed to protecting the lives, property, and dignity of all citizens without discrimination,” Abdul Salam Hanafi said.
The Taliban, according to Hanafi, is committed to all international covenants provided that they do not infringe upon the Islamic principles and the interests of Afghanistan.
Bennett’s recent visit to Kabul takes place as, according to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), at least 53 people were killed and 110 injured on September 30, in an attack on the Kaaj education center in Kabul’s west, a Hazara minority neighborhood.