Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, assured this Tuesday that her office has received “credible” reports about the atrocities and crimes that the Taliban are carrying out in Afghanistan after they came to power.
Although in his speech before the Human Rights Council he has not given details about the killings, he has assured that they carry out “summary executions” of civilians and members of the defeated Afghan security forces. Among the complaints received, there are also violent repressions of peaceful protests, expressions of dissent, and there is a warning about the recruitment of children for combat.
Bachellet has asked the Council for mechanisms to closely monitor the actions of the Taliban. He also noted that “a fundamental red line will be the way the Taliban treat women and girls and respect their rights to liberty, freedom of movement, education, personal expression and employment, in accordance with the norms. International Human Rights Matters ”.
Independent UN human rights experts have issued a joint statement noting that many Afghans remain in hiding while “the Taliban search houses door to door” and that they receive reports of property seizures and reprisals against those who collaborated with allies or Americans before the victory of the Islamists.
“The acts of the Taliban in the course of these months and to date may constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity,” said these experts.
Against promises of “general amnesty”
Meanwhile, in their official speech, the Taliban promised “general amnesty”, that they would respect human rights and that there will be no reprisals against the defeated. The main insurgent spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, has announced the blockade of the roads leading to the airport for Afghans, promising that their safety will be “guaranteed” so that they can return home and stay in the country and denying the existence of blacklists. of reprisals.
Mujahid also called on the United States “not to encourage Afghans to flee their country.” “This country needs our doctors, engineers and people with training, we need these talents,” he added.
In the run-up to the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, which was completed in the first half of July, violence escalated in Afghanistan, and civilian casualties from attacks and other types of armed violence doubled between January 1 and June 30, with respect to the same period of the previous year.