Monday, May 23

Afghanistan: Taliban killed more than 100 former government officials, UN report says

The United Nations has received “credible allegations” that around 100 former members of the Afghan government and national security forces have been killed since the Taliban came to power last August.

In a report consulted by several press agencies, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, indicates that more than “two thirds” of these victims would have been the object of “extrajudicial executions” orchestrated by the authorities, and this despite the promise of “general amnesty” for former members of the Afghan government announced by the Taliban when they came to power on August 15, following the withdrawal of American troops.

“Manua (United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan) continued to receive credible reports of killings, enforced disappearances and other crimes against these individuals,” the report said.

According to information available to the United Nations, human rights defenders and the media on the ground are still subject to “attacks, intimidation, harassment, arbitrary arrests, ill-treatment and assassinations”.

“Incidents” due to “personal enmities”

Accusations that the Taliban leaders firmly refute. The Afghan Interior Ministry tweeted on Monday morning: “According to the United Nations, 100 members of the previous regime have been killed since the coming to power of the Islamic Emirate (name given to the new Taliban regime, editor’s note). The Ministry of the Interior denies this information. The Islamic Emirate has not killed anyone since the amnesty. Some of the incidents we have documented have targeted military personnel from the previous administration based on personal enmities, and are also being investigated. We ask the United Nations not to rely on this biased information.”

The fear of arbitrary executions of the Taliban comes on top of that of the terrible humanitarian catastrophe that is hitting the country, ravaged by drought. This UN report could call into question the relations established until then with Western diplomats, who had “broken the ice” on January 24 after a visit by Taliban representatives to Oslo, Norway, to discuss the responses to be provided. to the crisis in Afghanistan. However, no country has at this stage recognized the Taliban government.

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