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Taliban: Eight men and one woman flogged in Afghanistan

Taliban: Eight men and one woman flogged in Afghanistan

Nine convicts were punished with lashes. Already during the first Taliban rule, flogging, amputations or stoning were common punishments in public.

In Afghanistan, the ruling Taliban had nine convicts flogged. According to a statement from the Supreme Court, eight men and one woman were punished for, among other things, theft.

The accused received between 20 and 39 lashes in the southern province of Sabul in the presence of judges, a Taliban representative in the region said on the X platform, formerly Twitter.

Taliban in power since August 2021

The Taliban typically argue that the punishments are necessary to ensure public safety. The Islamists took power in August 2021 after the USA, Germany and other NATO countries withdrew from the country. Already during the first Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001, flogging, amputations or stoning were common punishments in public.

The UN criticized flogging in a May report. “Corporal punishment is a violation of the Convention against Torture and must stop,” said UN Country Director for Human Rights Fiona Frazer. According to the report, the majority of those punished were accused of theft, drinking alcohol, drug smuggling, homosexuality or running away from home.

Source: Stern

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