U.N. Warns of Reviews of Human Rights Abuses by the Taliban

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UN warns of reports of human rights violations by the Taliban

Michelle Bachelet, the UN high commissioner for human rights, cited reports that the Taliban are executing civilians and non-combatants, violating women’s rights, recruiting child soldiers and suppressing peaceful protests in Afghanistan.

The United Nations is committed to staying and helping those most in need, supporting efforts to restore peace and stability, and promoting the rights and dignity of all Afghans. With basic human rights on the scales, my office will work urgently to re-establish the precautions to monitor human rights abuses. We have also received credible reports of serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights abuses in many areas under effective Taliban control. These include summary executions of civilians and members of the Afghan national security forces; Restrictions on women’s rights, including the right to freedom of movement and the right of girls to go to school; Recruiting child soldiers; and suppression of peaceful protests and expressions of dissent.

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