Human Rights Defenders: Taliban Pose Potential Threat to Human Rights Values
On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, a number of human rights defenders in exile believe that the Taliban pose a potential threat to all human rights values and democratic norms. Moreover, they asked for the interference of international organizations to release activists from Taliban custody.
In a statement published by these human rights defenders on December 10, they said that after more than one year of an “illegitimate” Taliban government, the Afghans in the country have endured “thousands of crimes” from this group.
About 19 million girls and women in Afghanistan are currently deprived of their rights to education and employment. The crimes committed by the Taliban include mysterious murders, forced displacements and arbitrary arrests.
Human rights defenders have further stated that according to article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, everyone has the right to access education, and it is necessary for international organizations for realizing this universal principle, to pay attention to the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan.
They have added that according to the principle of the right to assembly, the international community, the United Nations and human rights organizations should “interfere positively” for releasing women’s rights activists.
Having a peaceful life, the right to education, the right to freedom of expression, the right to migration, and the right to political and social activities are the most important human rights that the Taliban have taken away from the people of Afghanistan, the human rights defender added.
Recently, the UN in Afghanistan urged the de facto authorities to reverse the slew of edicts and practices they have introduced that restrict the basic rights of Afghans, especially those of women and girls.
However, these human rights defenders said that the world should know that any kind of interaction with the Taliban is “stabbing at the roots and the day will come when the bitter greed of this violence and terror will make your palate bitter.”