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“Credible” Allegations That Taliban Killed Former Afghan Government Employees And Their Relatives, UN Says


There is credible information that the Taliban committed retaliatory killings against a former member of the Afghan security forces, the UN human rights chief said.

Michelle Bachelet said there had also been cases where former government officials and their relatives were arbitrarily detained and were later found dead.

Speaking to the Human Rights Council, she warned of a “new and perilous phase”, citing “multiple” allegations that the Taliban carried out house-to-house searches in search of people who had worked for the previous government or who had cooperated with US Security Forces and companies.

There was a disconnect between the words and actions of the new Afghan leadership, Bachelet told the 47-member council at the opening of its fall session.

“My office has received credible allegations of retaliatory killings of a number of former ANSF (Afghan National Security Forces) staff and reports of officials who worked for previous administrations and members of the their families arbitrarily detained, ”she said, adding that searches had taken place. took place in at least half a dozen cities.

“In some cases the officials were released, and in others they were found dead.”

There was also “deeply disturbing information” about Taliban raids on the offices of some advocacy groups, Bachelet said.

The UN human rights chief has also cast doubts on the Taliban’s statements on women’s rights.

“Contrary to assurances that the Taliban is defending women’s rights, over the past three weeks women have been gradually excluded from the public sphere,” she said. In some parts of the country, girls over 12 were not allowed to go to school, and “Women’s Affairs” departments had sometimes been dismantled.

On Sunday, the Taliban minister of higher education said women would be allowed to study at university, but blended classes would no longer be allowed.

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