Afghanistan: ‘Taliban undermine 20 years of human rights progress’

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The Taliban “Systematically undermine the progress made in the field of human rights” in Afghanistan, “Over the last 20 years”, three non-governmental organizations complain in a report published on Tuesday, which lists a series of violations and abuses committed by the regime since mid-August.

“The Taliban have tried to convince people that they will respect human rights, but the information coming from there shows a a completely different reality“, Reports the report of Amnesty International, the International Federation for Human Rights (Fédération internationale pour les droits de l’homme, FIDH) and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT).

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According to AFP, the report contains information about heaps of violations human rights: intimidation and repression of women’s rights, retaliation against previous government officials, attacks on freedom of expression…

Based on direct testimonials, the report covers the period from August 15, the day of the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, to September 12.

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“The lives of thousands of women and men who risked their lives to defend human rights are being held by a thread“The report cites the testimony of a human rights activist who managed to escape from Afghanistan and describes the ‘climate of fear’ cultivated by the Taliban and which tells how two of his colleagues were flogged by the Taliban.”

Or the testimony of two women journalists in Kabul where under the state of threats and intimidation one was forced to leave the capital and the other the country.

“As a result of the climate of fear created by the Taliban seizure of power, many Afghans are now wearing burqa“They avoid leaving their homes without a male escort and stop various activities to avoid violence and retaliation,” according to the report.

The text also contains information about people trying to escape from Afghanistan.

“Some have tortured the abusedMainly in the first two weeks following the fall of Kabul, when thousands of people tried to reach the airport in the Afghan capital.

Organizations call it UN Human Rights Council set up an independent investigative mechanism to record violations and tackle impunity.

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