Taliban officials on Tuesday flogged six people allegedly accused of ‘wine production and immortality‘ in central Ghor province.
The Islamic Emirate high court confirmed in a statement that the accused individuals were lashed on Tuesday in Firuzkoh, the provincial capital of Ghor province.
Prior to the international community had opposed ‘public execution, flogging, and amputation’. The United Nations, Human Rights Watch, and other advocacy groups have described lashing Afghan men and women as a “cruel act”, and called on Islamic Emirate authorities to respect human rights and values under all circumstances.
The Taliban authorities have increasingly flogged people in public accused of different crimes across the country in recent months. For the first, they publicly executed an alleged person in Farah province on December 7, where high-ranking Taliban leadership had participated to witness the event.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and several rights groups have described the act as “cruel, inhuman and humiliating”, and repeatedly urged the Taliban authorities to stop public punishment.
However, the Taliban regime continues practicing the rather harsh version of Islamic Sharia laws by re-introducing public execution which includes “public execution, flogging, stoning and amputation” in Afghanistan after more than two decades.