Amnesty calls for action against the Taliban
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Amnesty International repeats call for action on the Taliban’s ‘relentless abuses’

Amnesty International has reiterated its call for the creation of a fact-finding mission on Afghanistan following its public statement last Friday demanding the establishment of an investigative mechanism with an actionable mandate to investigate the Taliban’s violations of human rights.

In another statement on its website on Monday and ahead of the publication of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Afghanistan’s presentation of a report at the 52nd Human Rights Council session in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, Amnesty International urges “UN member states to act towards ending impunity and ensuring justice for victims of Taliban abuses.”

Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, said: “The human rights situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating rapidly, and the Taliban’s relentless abuses continue every single day.

“While the Special Rapporteur continues to do valuable work under extremely difficult conditions, more is now required to meet the enormous challenge of documenting and recording human rights abuses in Afghanistan. The creation of a fact-finding mission is essential, with a focus on the collection and preservation of evidence to ensure justice is delivered.”

“Recently, people publicly critical of the Taliban’s abusive rules have been arrested without any reasons given, while the suffocating crackdown on the rights of women and girls, and targeted executions of ethnic Hazara people also continue unchecked. It is clear that the Taliban are not willing nor able to investigate actions by their members that grossly violate the human rights of Afghanistan’s population.”

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According to Amnesty International, the Taliban has failed to investigate the mass killings of Hazaras in Ghazni, Ghor, and Daikundi provinces by its members and bring the suspected perpetrators to justice. Furthermore, the human rights organization found that attacks against civilians, including abductions and enforced disappearances, continued in Afghanistan’s northeastern Panjshir province, as did the conflicts between the National Resistance Front and the Taliban.Furthermore, the human rights organization found that attacks against civilians, including abductions and enforced disappearances, continued in Afghanistan northeastern Panjshir province as so do the conflicts between the National Resistance Front and the Taliban.