Taliban: The Taliban continue to crack down on human rights defenders

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KABUL: Despite the Taliban promise to provide ‘general amnesty’ to all inclusive Human rights advocates, social activists, journalists, former Afghan government employees and even those who worked for the American guide BORN institutions, the news from Afghanistan is contrary to what was promised and presents a series of horrific cases of human rights violations by the group.
According to the International Forum for Law and Security (IFFRAS), the Taliban continued to crack down on journalists and tortured them for reporting women’s protests in the country, especially when protesters took to the streets demanding equality and freedom in Nimroz. , Kabul, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif and other cities and provinces in Afghanistan.
The Taliban have a long history of harsh treatment of journalists as a measure to suppress all sorts of dissenting voices that prevailed even before they assumed national power. These include brutal forms of human rights violations such as beating, which soaks them to the point of causing various internal injuries, torture and even murders.
Journalists were threatened not to report the protest in Mazar-e-Sharif held on 2 and 6 September 2021.
After the announcement on September 3 by the Taliban that it had taken control of Panjshiri, where an armed group had opposed the rule of the Taliban, a celebratory shooting in Kabul killed at least 17 people and wounded 41 others.
In addition, Mahmud, a male human rights defender, told Amnesty International that he and his colleagues faced death threats and had to relocate temporarily. Additionally, Mahmud shared images of how the Taliban severely beat one of his staff members. The images show the classic aggressive “whiplash marks” on the back, according to IFFRAS.
Nazir, another human rights advocate who spoke to Amnesty International, said he faced the risk of reprisals from the Taliban due to his work in the human rights field, his previous job as a journalist and his ethnic identity. and a Shiite nun. Hazara.
She stressed that “anti-Taliban journalists, activists and intellectuals, writers / artists, journalists, former police, army and secret service officers, as well as female athletes, judges, lawyers and singers , they are all at immediate risk “. prominent civil society activist, Abdul Rahmad Mawin He was shot and killed in the city of Jalalabad, in the eastern province of Nangarhar, Afghanistan, on the border with Pakistan in October, in the midst of an ongoing series of targeted killings.
In recent months, according to reports from IFRAS, the Taliban are in a wild race to hunt down several important human rights activists and eliminate them. Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused the Taliban of this inhumane displacement of many families across Afghanistan, which the Taliban describes as a form of “collective punishment”.
He ordered Hazaras and other residents in four provinces of Afghanistan to leave their homes and farms, in many cases with only a few days’ notice.
The Hazaras are a Shia ethnic minority community, which makes up about 9% – 10% of the Afghan population. They are basically of Mongolian and Central Asian descent and reside mainly in the mountainous area of ​​central Afghanistan, IFFRAS reported.
The Taliban’s hatred of the Hazaras is mainly due to their different sectarian identities and their distinct ethnic origins, and therefore regards them as “infidels”.
The videos of forced displacement and ethnic cleansing of the Hazaras in the Gizab and Patu districts of Daykundi by the Taliban continue. The brutal torture inflicted on Hazaras, including children, is beyond all condemnation. Several were killed by the Taliban in the Qarabagh district of Ghazni. They were tortured in an inhuman way and then shot in the face. An image of a Hazara child drenched in blood-soaked clothes was recently tweeted, IFFRAS reported.

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