Taliban must immediately stop arbitrary arrests of journalists, civil activists, former govt officials: Amnesty International

by Aamaj News

Amnesty International said that under the Taliban goverment, the rights to freedom of expression, liberty are increasingly being curtailed.

Amnesty International today March 21, releasing a statement stated that forced disappearances of women, and arbitrary arrest of journalists and civil society activists seem to be the latest tactics of Taliban to silence voices.

The organization emphasized that the Taliban must abide by international human rights standards, and must allow all Afghanistan’s people to freely exercise their rights without any fear of reprisal.

“The nine cases that we have documented contribute to a growing pattern of arbitrary arrests, unlawful detentions and enforced disappearances by the Taliban against those who have tried to question the Taliban by way of peaceful protests or by exercising their right to freedom of expression,” Amnesty International said.

According to Amnesty International in the last two months more than 60 people including children faced either arbitrary arrest, unlawful detention or enforced disappearance by Taliban. The organization added that the number of the people in this period could be higher than the numbers reported in media.

Amnesty International urged the Taliban to unconditionally release the ones who have been detained for exercising their rights.

Amnesty International added that the international community including countries in the region and other countries that are in direct engagement with the Taliban, must call on the Taliban to respect and protect international human rights law.

Before that the organization had expressed its concern over arbitrary arrests, and women’s situation in Afghanistan.

The organization emphasized that flagrant restrictions have been imposed on women and girls’ rights after August 15, 2021.

Amnesty International said that women have been told that they cannot return to their jobs and cannot travel without having a male members of their family with themselves.


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