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Afghanistan: Amnesty: Prosecuting Taliban Human Rights Abuses

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The Taliban have ruled Afghanistan since August 2021. The situation is precarious – Amnesty International documents mass murders of the Shia Hazara minority and women’s rights are virtually non-existent.

The human rights organization Amnesty International has called on the member states of the United Nations (UN) to take action in view of the deteriorating human rights situation in Afghanistan.

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The impunity of the Taliban must be ended, the London-based organization demanded on Monday. “It is time for the international community to turn its repeated public statements into concrete action,” said Amnesty Secretary-General Agnès Callamard.

“The human rights situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating rapidly,” Callamard said. Every day the Taliban carried out “relentless abuses”. However, the Islamists are neither able nor willing to prosecute human rights violations within their own ranks. Therefore, an independent control body must be set up in Afghanistan.

Since the militant Islamists returned to power in August 2021, Amnesty has documented arrests of women’s rights activists, journalists and civilians in Panjshir province and mass murders of the Shia Hazara minority in three provinces. Detainees will be denied legal assistance and contact with their families, it said.

Source: Stern

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