UN Highlights Hundreds of Human Rights Violations in Afghanistan Since August

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Wednesday said that the Taliban were responsible for several human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrests, and inhumane punishments, over the 10 months since they took over Afghanistan.

In its latest report, UNAMA reported that violations were targeted at a number of groups, including those associated with the former democratic government, journalists, and human rights defenders. The report also said that women’s rights have also eroded since August 15, when the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan.

UNAMA highlighted key findings for the period 15 August 2021–15 June 2022:

– 2106 civilian casualties (700 killed, 1406 wounded), predominantly caused by improvised explosive device (IED) attacks attributed to ISIL-KP and unexploded ordnance (UXO). 

– 160 extrajudicial killings, 178 arbitrary arrests and detentions, 23 instances of incommunicado detention; and 56 instances of torture and ill-treatment of former ANDSF and government officials carried out by the de facto authorities.

– 59 extrajudicial killings, 22 arbitrary arrests and detentions and 7 incidents of torture and ill-treatment by the de facto authorities of individuals accused of affiliation with self-identified “Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province”.

-18 extrajudicial killings, 54 instances of torture and ill-treatment and 113 instances of arbitrary arrest and detention and 23 cases of incommunicado detention of individuals accused of affiliation with self-identified “National Resistance Front”. 

-217 instances of cruel, inhumane, and degrading punishments carried out by the de facto authorities since August 15 August 2021

-118 instances of excessive use of force by the de facto authorities between 15 August 2021 and 15 June 2022.

-Human rights violations affecting 173 journalists and media workers, 163 of which were attributed to the de facto authorities. Among these were 122 instances of arbitrary arrest and detention, 58 instances of ill-treatment, 33 instances of threats and intimidation and 12 instances of incommunicado detention. Six journalists were also killed during the period (five by self-identified Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province, one by unknown perpetrators).

– Human rights violations affected 65 human rights defenders, 64 of which were attributed to the de facto authorities. Among these were 47 arbitrary arrests, 17 cases of incommunicado detention, 10 cases of ill-treatment, and 17 cases of threats and intimidation.

Meanwhile, UNAMA Chief of Human Rights Fiona Frazer called the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of expression, and freedom of opinion “fundamental freedoms” and necessary for the development and progression of a nation.


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