The United States and the EU condemn the Taliban’s “short killings” and demand an investigation

Granted: 12.5.2021 – 08:41

On Saturday, the United States led a group of Westerners and allies to condemn the Taliban for “summary murders” of former members of Afghan security forces, which were reported by human rights organizations and demanded prompt investigations.

“We are deeply concerned about reports of the killings and enforced disappearances of former members of the Afghan security forces, as documented by Human Rights Watch and others,” the United States, the European Union, Australia, Britain, Japan and others said in a statement. , published by the US State Department.

“We emphasize that the alleged actions are serious human rights violations and are inconsistent with the Taliban’s declared amnesty,” the group of nations said when calling on Afghanistan’s new leaders to ensure that the amnesty is implemented and “with support throughout the country and in their ranks.” “

Earlier this week, Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report that it documented 47 former members of the Afghan National Security Forces, other military personnel, police and intelligence agents, “who had surrendered or been trapped. Taliban forces” from mid-August to October.

“Reported cases must be investigated swiftly and transparently, those responsible must be brought to justice and these actions must be clearly publicized as an immediate deterrent to further killings and disappearances,” said countries including Canada, New Zealand and Romania, Ukraine and several European countries.

“We will continue to measure the Taliban through their actions.”

In search of respect

The Taliban took power in Afghanistan in August after the collapse of the U.S.-backed Kabul government and the country’s army.

They returned to rule the country about 20 years after they were expelled by U.S. forces, ending a fundamentalist regime that deserved aversion to its cruel treatment of women, failure to defend human rights, and a harsh interpretation of Islam.

Today’s Taliban leaders, who want to gain international respect, have promised that their regime will be different.

But the new government has continued to carry out violent punishments, and the United Nations has expressed concern over “credible allegations” that the Taliban have carried out retaliation after the victory, despite promises of amnesty to fallen government forces.

In its report, HRW said Taliban leaders have instructed surrendering security forces to register with the authorities so that they have access to certain units of the military or special forces and a letter guaranteeing their security.

“However, the Taliban have used these screenings to arrest and execute or forcibly disappear individuals within days of registration and leaving their bodies to be found by relatives or communities,” HRW said.

Washington had talks with Taliban officials earlier this week, the second round of talks since the departure of U.S. troops.

In the Doha talks, U.S. officials called on a hard-line Islamist group to provide women and girls with access to education throughout the country.

It also expressed “deep concern over allegations of human rights abuses,” a U.S. spokesman said.