Afghanistan This Week

17 to 23 April 2023

US State Department: The Taliban committed widespread human rights violations in 2022

In its annual report on the state of human rights around the world, the US State Department said that the Taliban engaged in widespread human rights violations.

Afghan citizens among 9 asylum seekers found dead in Serbia

Serbian authorities discovered the bodies of 9 asylum seekers from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria in a truck headed for Poland from Greece.

Taliban prevents Nowruz celebration in Daikundi province

Residents of Miramor district in central Daykundi Province were left disappointed after the Taliban prevented the “biggest” public celebration in the area, marking Nowruz. 

Britain launches investigation into alleged unlawful killings in Afghanistan

The British government officially launched an investigation into alleged unlawful killings by the country’s Special Air Service (SAS) in the southern Helmand province of Afghanistan between 2010 and 2013.

Women in Kabul criticise the lack of international support against the Taliban

A coalition of six Afghan women’s protest movements held a press conference in Kabul on Wednesday to speak out against the international community’s lack of support.

Women protesters in Mazar-i-Sharif demand the Taliban lift restrictions on girls

A group of women in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, held an indoor protest rally on Thursday demanding the Taliban to lift bans on women and girls’ rights to work and education.

HRW: Taliban continues to attack girls' right to education

HRW: Taliban continues to attack girls’ right to education

Human Rights Watch (HRW), in its report released on Friday highlighted that “one year on, the Taliban still attacking girls’ right to education,” adding that the group’s “misogynistic regime” has made Afghanistan the only country banning girls from secondary school.

Taliban claims to have repaired hundreds of military vehicles left by the US

The Taliban’s Ministry of Defense claimed that the technical team of its Al-Badr Corps has successfully repaired 300 military vehicles that were damaged and unusable in the past.

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