Taliban: Taliban continues to punish human rights defenders

KABUL: Despite the Taliban’s promise to provide a “general amnesty” to all, including human rights defenders, social activists, journalists, former Afghan government officials and those who worked for US-led NATO establishments, reports from Afghanistan are contrary. al. which was promised and to present a series of horrific cases of human rights abuses by the group.
According to the International Forum for Rights and Security (IFFRAS), the Taliban continue to repress and torture journalists for reporting on women’s protests in the country, especially when female 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 has a long record of the harsh treatment given to journalists as a means of suppressing all sorts of dissenting voices that prevailed even before they assumed national power. These include brutal forms of human rights abuses such as beating, soaking on them to the extent of causing multiple internal injuries, torture and even murder.
Reporters were threatened not to report the protest in Mazar-e-Sharif held on September 2 and 6, 2021.
Following the Taliban proclamation on 3 September that it had seized control of Panjshir, where an armed group resisted the Taliban rule, a festive shootout killed at least 17 people and injured 41 others in Kabul.
Further, Mahmud, a male human rights defender, reported to Amnesty International that he and his colleagues faced death threats and had to relocate temporarily. Also, Mahmud shared pictures of how the Taliban beat one of his staff members badly. The images show classic attacking “whip marks” on the back, IFFRAS reported.
Nazir, another human rights defender who spoke with Amnesty International, said he faced the risk of retaliation from the Taliban because of his work in human rights, his previous work as a journalist, and because of his ethnic and religious identity as a Shiite. Hazara.
He stressed that “journalists, activists and anti-Taliban intellectuals, writers / artists, female journalists, former police officers, army, and intelligence officers, as well as female athletes, judges, activists and singers, are all at immediate risk.” an example, a prominent civil society activist, Abdul Rahmad Mawin was shot dead in the city of Jalalabad in the eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan bordering Pakistan in October amid an ongoing targeted assassination attempt.
In recent months, the Taliban have reportedly been in a wild race to hunt down and eliminate several key human rights activists, IFFRAS reported. The Taliban is also indulging in forcibly displacing members of the Hazara community. Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused the Taliban of such inhumane displacement of many families across Afghanistan, which the Taliban describes as a form of “collective punishment”.
It has ordered Hazaras and other residents in four provinces across Afghanistan to leave their homes and farms, in many cases with just a few days notice.
Hazaras are a Shiite ethnic minority community that make up about 9-10 percent of the Afghan population. They are of Mongol and Central Asian descent and live mostly in the mountainous area of ​​central Afghanistan, IFFRAS reported.
The Taliban’s hatred of the Hazaras is mainly due to their difference in sectarian identity and particular ethnic origins, and is therefore considered “infidels”.
Videos of forced displacement and ethnic cleansing of Hazaras continue in the Gizab and Patu districts of Daykundi of the Taliban. The brutal torture inflicted on the Hazaras, including children, is beyond condemnation. Several were killed by the Taliban in Qarabagh district of Ghazni. They were brutally tortured and later shot in the face. An image of a Hazara child soaked in blood-soaked clothes has been encrypted recently, IFFRAS reported

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