Afghanistan This Week

1 to 7 May 2023

Taliban official calls on the group’s ‘hundreds of volunteers’ in the West to kill opponents

Qari Saeed Khosty, a Taliban official close to the group’s Interior Minister and the head of the Haqqani Network, Sirajuddin Haqqani, has called on the group’s supporters in Europe and America to kill its opponents.

Taliban gunmen killed young pregnant woman after she resisted sexual assault

The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) has condemned the killing of a young pregnant woman by two Taliban gunmen, one of whom is reportedly the son of a group’s commander in Ghor province.

China and Pakistan agree to extend the Belt and Road Initiative to Afghanistan

Chinese and Pakistani Foreign Ministers, Qin Gang and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, met in Islamabad on Saturday and agreed to extend the Belt and Road Initiative to Afghanistan, with a pledge to work on country’s reconstruction process.

UN keeps female staff indoors as the Taliban refuses to lift working ban

The United Nations announced that it will continue to keep its staff in Afghanistan working from home, after the Taliban banned women from working for the organisation early in April.

Russian artist sells Prince Harry’s book covered in ‘Afghan blood’ for thousands of dollars

Russian artist, Andrei Molodkin, has soaked 25 copies of Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare, in “Afghan blood” and sold them for five figure sums.

The people of Afghanistan are in for a ‘very difficult year ahead’ warns USAID chief

The people of Afghanistan are in for a “very difficult year ahead,” Samantha Power, the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has warned, as aid donors grapple with dealing with the Taliban and its human rights abuses.

Taliban Supreme Court has issued 175 qisas and 37 stoning sentences

The Taliban’s deputy of its Supreme Court, Abdul Malik Haqqani, said on Thursday that the court has issued 175 qisas, 37 stoning and four sentences of knocking down a wall on the convicts since the group’s return to power.

Afghanistan among the seven hungriest countries in the world, UN report says

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said in a recently published report that Afghanistan is one of the seven hungriest countries in the word.

Taliban dismisses UN Secretary-General’s claims on Afghanistan’s economic conditions

The Taliban has dismissed UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ recent statements regarding Afghanistan’s economy as “unfair and far from reality”.

Community elder dies under Taliban torture in Mazar-i-Sharif

Sources in the northern province of Balkh say that the Taliban tortured a community elder, Mohammad Hussain Ehsani, to death in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Thursday.

Croatian police abuse and steal properties of asylum seekers from Afghanistan before pushing them back, HRW says

Croatian police have been frequently pushing back refugees and asylum seekers, majority from Afghanistan, to Bosnia and Herzegovina without considering their asylum requests or protection needs, Human Right Watch said in a report.

Guterres denies Taliban recognition and says the group is systemically attacking women

United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, ended his two days summit with representatives of at least 25 nations on Afghanistan in the Qatari capital, Doha, with accusing the Taliban of deliberately undermining the development of the country.

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