Bachelet denounces that the practice contradicts the promises of the Taliban to respect human rights in Afghanistan


The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, denounced this Monday that “practice on the ground” “often contradicts” the “declared commitments” of the Taliban to respect Human Rights and has pointed to denunciations ” credible “assassinations” of former members of the Afghan National Security Forces and “arbitrary arrests” of civilians and international collaborators.

“Although the Taliban have issued public statements that they intend to amnesty former members of security personnel and public officials, prohibit house searches and guarantee women’s rights under Islamic law, the information that we have collated in the measure where possible, and which we consider well founded, indicates that practice on the ground has often contradicted these commitments, “he lamented in a session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Bachelet has specified that the actions of the Taliban “vary a lot” between provinces, while the UN has received reports of “murders”, “arbitrary arrests” and “house-to-house searches” against former officials and people who cooperated with the previous government and entities. Americans.

“These searches have taken place throughout the city of Kabul, as well as in Kandahar, Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Gardez, Maimana, Samangan and other places. Several similar incidents have affected UN personnel, who report a increased attacks and threats, “he added.

It has also warned about “very worrying information” of “incursions by the Taliban” in the offices of some non-governmental organizations and civil society groups.

In “contradiction” with the “guarantees” that the Taliban “would defend the rights of women”, Bachelet has warned that in the last three weeks they have been “progressively excluded from the public sphere.”

“In many areas, they are prohibited from appearing in public spaces without a male companion. In many professional sectors, they face increasing restrictions (…). Girls’ access to education has also been limited, and in several localities, those over twelve years of age are forbidden to attend school, “he criticized.

In this regard, it has also warned that many departments of Women’s Affairs have been dismantled throughout Afghanistan, “seizing their offices and equipment, accessing sensitive files and threatening their staff,” he deepened.

“Women’s civil society groups have been accused of lewdness and of spreading anti-Islamic ideas in the communities,” the UN High Commissioner also reported, who also referred to the protests of Afghan women at different points. of the Central Asian country, such as the capital, to which the Taliban have responded with “increasing violence.”

“Live ammunition, batons and whips” have reportedly been used against protesters and journalists, killing two men in Herat on 7 September, the same day that at least 15 journalists were detained in Kabul. . He has also pointed to the attack on two journalists arrested on September 8 in the demonstrations.

On the other hand, Bachelet has expressed concern about reports of “civilian casualties and abuses” as a result of the fighting in the Panjshir Valley, as well as the “increasing difficulties” caused by the serious humanitarian situation in that area.


In front of the UN Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner has also expressed feeling “dismayed” by the “lack of inclusiveness” of the “so-called provisional cabinet” of the Taliban.

“It does not include any woman and few non-Pashtuns,” he has made ugly, and then has an impact on the humanitarian crisis facing the country, before which he has asked for aid for assistance, “while taking into account “that the provision of this” must be rooted in the respect and protection of Human Rights. “

Bachelet has urged States to use their “influence” to “promote respect for Human Rights,” paying special attention to the rights of women and girls, as well as members of minority ethnic and religious communities.

“Retaliatory killings and other abuses must be subject to immediate accountability, including the individuals who order and direct such attacks,” he added, to insist on his call for the Council to adopt “bold and energetic measures.” “chords” with the severity of this crisis.

Thus, he has demanded that this be done through the establishment of a specific mechanism to “monitor the evolution of the human rights situation throughout the country” and keep the Council “closely” informed of events.

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