UN report claims Taliban killed 100 former Afghan government officials

The Taliban and their allies have killed more than 100 security personnel and civilians linked to the former US-backed Afghan government since taking power in August, according to a new UN report.

The report describes the severe restrictions on human rights by Afghanistan’s new fundamentalist rulers.

Taliban officials have dismissed the claims, insisting the reported deaths were linked to cases of “personal enmity” and were being investigated.

“The Islamic Emirate has not killed anyone since the amnesty announcement,” the Interior Ministry said on Twitter.

The UN report says that in addition to political killings, women’s freedoms and the right to protest have also been curtailed.

Despite the Taliban’s promise of blanket amnesties, the UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan “continued to receive credible allegations of killings, enforced disappearances and other violations”, the report said.

The UN said its Afghan mission had received more than 100 reports of killings it considers credible.

More than two-thirds were “extrajudicial executions committed by the de facto authorities or their affiliates”.

Furthermore, “human rights defenders and media workers continue to be the target of attacks, intimidation, harassment, arbitrary arrests, ill-treatment and assassinations”, he said. added.

The report also details government crackdowns on peaceful protests, as well as women’s and girls’ lack of access to work and education.

“A whole complex social and economic system is shutting down,” said UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

Afghanistan is in the throes of a humanitarian disaster made worse by the Taliban takeover, which has prompted Western countries to freeze international aid and billions of dollars worth of assets held abroad.

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The country was almost entirely dependent on foreign aid under the previous government, but jobs have dried up and most civil servants have not been paid for months.

No country has yet recognized the Taliban government, with most watching how extremist Islamists – known for their human rights abuses during their first term in power – restrict freedoms.

With poverty worsening and a drought devastating agriculture in many areas, the United Nations has warned that half of the country’s 38 million people are facing food shortages.

Last month, the UN Security Council unanimously passed a US resolution allowing some aid to reach desperate Afghans without violating international sanctions.

But there are growing calls from rights groups and aid organizations for the West to release more funds – especially in the midst of a harsh winter.

© AFP 2022

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