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The UN denounced extrajudicial executions and torture by the Taliban

The international body documented 160 complaints of extrajudicial executions, 56 incidents of torture and ill-treatment, and more than 170 arbitrary arrests and detentions.

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The Taliban have committed hundreds of murders and human rights violations since they regained power in Afghanistan last year, the UN denounced, presenting a report that documents extrajudicial executions, ill-treatment and torture with which the Islamist movement punishes those who disobey their orders.

“It cannot be denied that the findings of our report are extremely serious,” said Markus Potzel, head of the mission of the international organization in Afghanistan (Unama), at a press conference organized in Kabul, the Afghan capital.

The Taliban have consistently denied allegations of human rights abuses since they toppled the previous Western-backed government in August 2021, but the Unama report released on Wednesday lists numerous violations.

The most common torture methods include kicking, punching and slapping, beatings with cables and pipes, and the use of electric shock devices.
The document says that the UN documented 160 complaints of extrajudicial executions, 56 incidents of torture and ill-treatment and more than 170 arrests and arbitrary detentions against former government officials and members of the national security forces since last August, the AFP news agency reported. .
The most common torture methods include kicking, punching and slapping, beatings with cables and pipes, and the use of electric shock devices.

Unama collected more than 200 cases of cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment, including the beating of some merchants for not attending the mosque, in addition to more than 100 cases of excessive use of force. Since the end of the war, security has vastly improved across the country with a large drop in the number of civilian deaths.
The United Nations mission has 87 reports of violence against women and girls, including murders, rapes, suicides, forced marriages, assaults and injuries.

However, the Taliban, known for its brutal reign of terror between 1996 and 2001, has
drastically restricted the freedoms of Afghans, especially those of women and girls. The United Nations mission has 87 reports of violence against women and girls, including murders, rapes, suicides, forced marriages -including of girls-, assaults and injuries,
as well as two cases of honor killings.

None of them was registered in the ordinary justice.

Among the cases compiled is that of a couple who was publicly stoned
after being accused of having had an affair.

The head of the UN human rights mission in Afghanistan, Fiona Frazer, indicated that “impunity prevails” and acknowledged that there may be an underreporting of complaints. Frazer expressed concern about the involvement of the religious police and the Taliban’s intelligence service in the abuses. Likewise, the United Nations mission specified that more than 700 civilians had died and that at least 1,400 people had been injured by the attacks attributed mainly to the local branch of the Islamic State, as well as unexploded mines.

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