Over 100 Affiliated with Former Government Killed by Taliban, UN Says

The Taliban are accused of killing over 100 individuals affiliated with the former Afghan government and allied international forces in a new report by the United Nations based on “credible allegations”.

According to the report the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote to the Security Council, upwards of 100 former members of the Afghan government, its security forces, and others who aided international forces have been killed in August when the Taliban seized control of the country.

Despite the Taliban’s announcement of general amnesties for people affiliated with the former US-backed government and the coalition forces led by the US and American military units, Guterres said that more than two-thirds of the victims allegedly resulted from extrajudicial killings by the Taliban or its affiliates.

He also revealed that credible allegations of extrajudicial killings of at least 50 people suspected of affiliation with ISIL-KP, the Islamic State extremist group operating in Afghanistan, had been acquired by the UN’s political mission in Afghanistan.

There are also credible allegations the organization has obtained, as Guterres wrote in the report, of enforced disappearances of individuals who were associated with the previous government and of other violations impacting their right to life and physical integrity.

Guterres’ report of Afghanistan to the Security Council comes more the five months after the messy withdrawal of the US and NATO troops from Afghanistan that resulted in the Taliban seizing control of Kabul and toppling the Afghan government.

As the US forces were completing their withdrawal from the country, Guterres reported that human rights defenders and media workers have also been coming under attack, intimidation, harassment, arbitrary arrest, mistreatment, and killings.

The secretary-general’s report noted that UN missions documented 44 cases of temporary arrests, beatings, and threats of intimidation – 42 of them by the Taliban.

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