The top UN human rights officials said on Tuesday she had received “credible reports” of serious violations of civilians by the Taliban as their actions raise fears of a “return to past patterns of human rights violations”.
UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet, the UN high commissioner for human rights, told a special session of the UN human rights council that the civilian casualties between January 1 and June 30 rose by nearly 50%t compared to the same period in 2020, suggesting the toll further increased over the months of July and August when the Taliban intensified their offensive to take the effective control of Afghanistan.
Bachelet said she has received reports of serious violations of international humanitarian law which include summary executions of civilians and restrictions on the rights of women.
She didn’t details of the executions during her speech but urged the Council to set up a dedicated mechanism to closely monitor the evolving human rights situation in Afghanistan. The top UN human rights official asserted that the treatment of women and girls by the Taliban would be a “fundamental red line.”
The Taliban’s return has stoked fears of reprisal and Afghanistan’s return to the era when girls were not allowed in schools and women in workplaces under their harsh version of Islamic law
She said, “I strongly urge the Taliban to adopt norms of responsive governance and human rights, and to work to re-establish social cohesion and reconciliation including through respect for the rights of all who have suffered during the decades of conflict” .
. The Islamist fundamentalists have promised inclusivity, they have repeatedly underlined that any freedom to women will be in accordance with the “genuine Islamic system”.
Bachelet stressed the need for the government to remain inclusive, which means meaningful participation of women, and representation of Afghanistan’s diverse communities.
She added, “There should be genuine, inclusive dialogue, including women, and including members of Afghanistan’s diverse ethnic and religious communities, in order to address the underlying problems that the country faces, the root causes of discrimination, and the enduring legacies of decades of conflict” .