Friday, August 12

What is the ‘general amnesty’ the Taliban are talking about in Afghanistan


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Last Sunday, August 15, after the flight of the Afghan president Ashraf Ghani, the Taliban took control of Kabul without having to shed a drop of blood, as the army did not put up any resistance. The religious fundamentalists have thus declared “the end of the war” and assure that their government will be different from the one that took place between 1996 and 2001, considered by Amnesty International as’the reign of terror‘. Thus, before the media, they have tried to give a more moderate image and assure that they will not harm any member of the international community present on Afghan soil. In addition, they have ensured that the women’s rights, something quite questionable, because these will look also conditioned by Islamic law. On the other hand, they guarantee a general amnesty to all those who worked for and for the old government.

The spokesman for the fundamentalist movement, Zabihullah Mujahid, said at the press conference: «We have forgiven to all those who have fought against us. “We do not want internal or external enemies,” he insisted.

The amnesty, as defined in the dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy, is the «forgiveness of certain types of crimes, which extinguishes the responsibility of its authors ”. Thus, in Afghanistan, all those who worked for the government or for other foreign governments opposed to the Taliban, would remain ‘exonerated‘. As Mujahid stated, “no one will knock on their doors to ask why they helped.”

Refering to press, as the spokesperson pointed out, it will be able to remain independent. Yes indeed, must not work against “national values”.

However, this moderate image, which tries to equate the government of the Taliban in Afghanistan to that of other Islamic monarchies in the Middle East, does not quite convince, since the fundamentalists assure that, equally, everyone in Afghanistan will have to respect the islamic law. Its extreme application can re-provoke situations as terrifying as those experienced during the first Taliban regime in the country, with serious human rights violations.

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