UN calls on the Taliban to ban public executions and floggings in Afghanistan

UN calls on the Taliban to ban public executions and floggings in Afghanistan

Islamabad: A UN report on Monday strongly criticized the Taliban for carrying out public executions, floggings and stonings since taking power in Afghanistan and called on the country’s rulers to stop such activities. . According to a report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), 274 men, 58 women and two boys were publicly flogged in Afghanistan in the last 6 months alone. “Corporal punishment violates the Convention against Torture and must be stopped,” said Fiona Fraser, the agency’s human rights chief, calling for an immediate freeze on the death penalty.

The Taliban’s foreign ministry responded by saying that Afghanistan’s laws are in line with Islamic rules and guidelines, and that a large number of Afghan citizens follow these rules. It said in a statement that “the government is determined to follow Islamic law in the event of a conflict between international human rights law and Islamic law.” Shortly after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan nearly two years ago, Had started giving such punishment. While he promised to adopt more liberal rules than during his tenure in the 1990s.

The UN report released on Monday details Taliban activities both before and after coming to power in August 2021. According to the report, the first public floggings were carried out in October 2021 in northern Kapisa province after the Taliban came to power. According to this, in this case, a woman and a man convicted of adultery were given 100 lashes each in the presence of clerics and local officials.

Taliban officials executed one convicted of murder in December 2022. According to the report, this was the first case of public execution after the Taliban took power. The execution was carried out with the victim’s father’s rifle and took place in western Farah province in front of clerics and Taliban officials. Top government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the sentence was a well-thought-out decision and approved by the country’s three highest courts and the Taliban’s supreme leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada.

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