UN Special Rapporteur

UN Special Rapporteur Bennett Leaves Afghanistan

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan, Richard Bennett, left the country today, after his visit to Panjshir. “The situation of human rights remains high concerning,” he wrote in a tweet.

Bennett has said that he has held informative meetings with many stakeholders and visited some significant sites. Following the claim of widespread human rights violations by the Taliban, the UN Special Rapporteur traveled to Panjshir on Wednesday, October 19.

Bennett made this trip to Panjshir to investigate the human rights situation and to meet with local Taliban officials in this province, the Taliban-controlled Bakhtar News Agency reported.

He, however, left Afghanistan today, October 20, describing the situation of human rights as “highly concerning.” In a tweet, the UN Special Rapporteur said that he will elaborate with comments and recommendations at the United Nations General Assembly next week.

Meanwhile, sources told Kabul Now that Bennett couldn’t talk to the residents of Panjshir about the alleged Taliban war crimes on his trip to the province.

He has left Panjshir after holding talks just with the Taliban governor of the province.

Recently, a non-profit UK-based organization called Afghan Witness published a report stating that according to the analysis of videos and pictures, the Taliban arrested, bound, and shot 27 men to death in the province.