The United Nations (U.N.) Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet, on Tuesday, Aug. 24, ascertained that the Taliban were committing crimes against Afghans, contradicting their claims of peace.
Speaking to the Human Rights Council, Bachelet said she had received “credible reports” that the Taliban were not following through with their public portrayal of seeking peace, no vengeance, and human rights to be respected.
She alleged that surrendered security forces and citizens of Afghanistan were being murdered, and violence against women was undoubtedly still there. Children, meanwhile, were being recruited.
According to Reuters, Bachelet did not give further details about the executions, but she encouraged the Geneva forum to establish a framework to monitor Taliban activity closely.
The militant group was notorious for its medieval treatment of women and girls. They would easily be subjected to beatings and death by stoning if found breaking the harsh confinements, a 2001 report from the U.S. State Department disclosed.
But Bachelet said Afghanistan’s various ethnic and religious minorities were also vulnerable to violence and repression, citing allegations of deaths and attacks in recent months.
Nasir Ahmad Andisha, a senior Afghan ambassador from the overthrown administration, asked for the Taliban to be held accountable for their activities, describing the situation as “uncertain and dire.”
Ever since the swift and unprecedented Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, citizens were desperate to flee the country and their reign. The imperative mayhem could only escalate as the deadline for foreign evacuation is rolling closer with little hope for it to be extended.
After U.S. President Joe Biden said he was considering negotiating a new evacuation deadline, a Taliban spokesperson quickly warned that there would be “consequences” if foreign forces did not retreat before the deadline of August 31.
The spokesperson also was adamant that reports of the militant group’s violence were “fake news.”
“I can assure you there are many reports by our opponents claiming what is not based on realities,” said a Taliban spokesperson to Sky News.
In recent days, social media updates including footage and images from the country have claimed that Taliban fighters were going door-to-door, killing Afghans, seizing property, and seeking reprisals.
On Tuesday, CNN reported letters the Taliban sent to the brother of an Afghan translator who helped U.S. troops that he would be executed, confirming that the group was indeed threatening Afghans with death sentences.
According to the letters, the man was first ordered to appear for hearings; then another acknowledged the man had not attended the summons, and the third message was a sentence of death.
“These court decisions are final and you will not have the right to object,” the third letter reads. “You chose this path for yourself and your death is imminent [sic], God willing.”
According to Reuters, after the U.N. human rights head made her remarks, the Human Rights Council said it would look at a draft resolution. Still, it issued no international fact-finding mission to investigate the Taliban.
Bachelet, meanwhile, was ordered to present a report by March 2022. And the council sent a message that ignored pointing directly at the militant group, calling all parties to uphold human rights law, particularly “full and meaningful participation of women” and minorities.
“The least the special session can do is to illustrate through actions to Afghans that they will not look away,” said chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission Shaharzad Akbar to the council.
“Please ensure this session has a credible and strong outcome,” Akbar noted, telling the commission not to refer to the draft resolution as a “travesty.”