UN Strongly Opposes Death Penalty, Says UNAMA

Reacting to the public execution of a man by the Taliban in the western Farah province, the Office of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has said that the United Nations “strongly opposes the death penalty under any circumstances”. Via a tweet on Wednesday, December 07, UNAMA called on the de facto Taliban authorities in Afghanistan “to establish an immediate moratorium with a view to abolishing the death penalty”.

For the first time after returning to power, the Taliban implemented the first public execution. A spokesperson for the Taliban regime, Zabihullah Mujahid, shared the news of this public execution in a statement on Twitter on Wednesday, December 07.

The executed man Tajmir, an original resident of Anjil district of Herat Province was executed on the charges of murder and theft.

According to Mujahid, the Taliban’s Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Chief Justice Abdul Hakim Haqqani, Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, Acting Interior Minister Serajuddin Haqqani, and the group’s Acting Education Minister Habibullah Agha were present at the public execution scene.