Taliban behind 72 extrajudicial killings, says UN

Taliban behind 72 extrajudicial killings, says UN
Taliban behind 72 extrajudicial killings, says UN

The UN said on Tuesday there were “credible allegations” of more than 100 extrajudicial killings in Afghanistan since the Taliban took power in August, with most carried out by the country’s new rulers.

United Nations deputy rights chief Nada Al-Nashif said she was deeply alarmed by continuing reports of such killings, despite a general amnesty announced by the Taliban after their August 15 takeover.

“Between August and November, we received credible allegations of more than 100 killings of former Afghan national security forces and others associated with the former government,” she told the UN Human Rights Council. “At least 72 of these killings,” she said, were “attributed to the Taliban”.

“In several cases, the bodies were publicly displayed. This has exacerbated fear among this sizeable category of the population,” she said.

Taliban foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi said the government was “fully committed” to the amnesty decree, and denied employees of the previous administration were being persecuted.

Anyone “found breaching the amnesty decree will be prosecuted and penalised”, he said.

“Incidents will be thoroughly investigated but unsubstantiated rumours should not be taken at face value.” Al-Nashif, who presented Tuesday’s update to the council on behalf of UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet, said many members of the militant Islamic State group — a main Taliban enemy — had also been killed.

“In Nangarhar province alone, there… appears to be a pattern of at least 50 extrajudicial killings of individuals suspected to be members of the IS,” she said, with reports of “brutal methods… including hanging, beheadings, and public display of corpses.” Her comments came after the United States and other countries harshly condemned the Taliban following a Human Rights Watch report earlier this month documenting 47 summary executions.


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