UN: Taliban rules through arbitrary detentions, torture and extrajudicial killings

According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), the Taliban has been violating human rights through arbitrary detentions, torture, and extrajudicial killings.

In a report to the UN Security Council, UNAMA said that the Taliban has been tighting control over the population through further restrictive measures, which includes restrictions on women’s rights to work and education. 

The Taliban supreme leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, has increased his control over the group by reshuffling senior officials at national and sub-national levels, remodeling state institutions to meet his wishes. Akhundzada also increased his influence over the group’s security apparatus by asking some commanders to report to him directly.

The report said UNAMA had documented various human rights violations by the Taliban across Afghanistan. The Taliban, the report said, carried “extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and detentions, and torture and ill-treatment carried out by the de facto authorities against former government officials and Afghan National Defence and Security Forces members, in violation of the general amnesty announced in August 2021.”

UNAMA said that the Taliban had increased “the implementation of judicial corporal punishments”, meaning that the group had increased the number of public floggings across the country for various crimes, including robbery and drinking alcohol.

The group also continued to supress free speech and media freedoms, as well public protests and political space.