Taliban killed 200 ex-Afghan officials after takeover: UN

Arafat Rahman

Taliban killed 200 ex-Afghan officials after takeover: UN

The Taliban government has killed at least 200 former military, law enforcement and government members since taking over Afghanistan. A report of the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan says so. The United Nations reported this on Tuesday local time. The killings took place despite the announcement of amnesty for old enemies.

At least 218 extrajudicial killings have been recorded since the Taliban took over Afghanistan in mid-2021, the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a report. with which the Taliban was involved. “In most cases the individuals were detained by the Taliban’s ‘de facto’ security forces before being killed,” UNAMA said. But senior Taliban leaders said the amnesty for former government officials and military personnel had been ordered by their supreme leader.

The Taliban-led Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in response to a report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), said it had received no allegations of disobedience and would investigate the incident. Almost half of the killings recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) occurred within four months of the Taliban taking power. The killings followed the withdrawal of US-backed foreign forces in August 2021. Then in 2022, 70 murders were recorded.

Referring to the Taliban administration, UNAMA said, “There is limited information on the measures taken by the de facto authorities to investigate most of the incidents discussed in this report and to prosecute the perpetrators.” Referring to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, UNAMA also said, “Members of the de facto authorities have violated human rights.” violations, which are a matter of grave concern.” The UN aid mission said most of the incidents involved former members of the security forces and police.

The Taliban-led Ministry of Foreign Affairs said their supreme leader had issued an amnesty order and another order against torture or ill-treatment of those in their custody.

It does not support extrajudicial killings by the state or the targeting of people fighting or working for foreign-backed former governments.
In a statement, the Taliban government also said, “No military personnel of the previous administration were arrested, detained or tortured because of their activities in the security establishment.” Employees of the previous administration who joined the opposition to the Islamic Emirate (Taliban administration) or tried to damage the system, have been arrested and handed over to judicial authorities.’

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