Following reports of women being lashed, the Special Rapporteurs of the UN have demanded an investigation into the suppression of women’s rights in Afghanistan as a form of gender persecution.
Experts stated that in Afghanistan, recent months have seen a rise in the fundamental rights abuses of women, which are already “severe and unacceptable,” according to a news release from the UN on November 25.
The Special Rapporteurs warned that such gender bias and persecution is a crime against humanity that is punishable under international law.
The UN expert’s remarks correspond with the recent public flogging of 14 people, 3 of whom were women, in an Afghan football stadium in front of a large crowd.
According to Logar officials, fourteen people—three women and eleven men—who were accused of robbery and “moral crimes”—were publicly flogged in the eastern Afghan province of Logar. They received 39 lashes each.
The UN Special Rapporteurs said that women’s rights activists have been increasingly singled out, assaulted, and detained in recent months, using activist Zarifa Yaquobi as an illustration who is still detained in an unknown location.
The experts urged the international community to take action to investigate and prosecute those responsible for gender-based violence in “appropriate international and extra-territorial jurisdictions” while also working to restore women’s rights in Afghanistan.
Following Afghanistan’s political upheaval and the installation of the new administration, the authorities made a commitment to uphold women’s rights, but later reversed their stance and began enforcing severely stringent regulations against them.