A senior Afghan official also described the situation as “uncertain and catastrophic,” with millions of Afghans fearing for their lives amid reports of door-to-door searches.
Michelle Bachelet, the UN’s top human rights officer, said on Tuesday that she had received reliable reports of significant Taliban breaches in Afghanistan, including summary executions of civilians, limitations on women, and limits on anti-Taliban protests.
Bachelet encouraged the UN Human Rights Council to establish a framework to closely monitor Taliban activity, which is meeting in an emergency session at the request of Pakistan and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
“The Taliban’s abuse of women and girls will be a major red line,” she said at the Geneva forum.
“There are severe concerns for women, journalists, and the new generation of civil society leaders who have emerged in recent years,” Bachelet said during the forum’s emergency session, which was convened at Pakistan’s and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s request (OIC).
“Given previous patterns of major violations during Taliban control and reports of executions and targeted attacks in recent months,” she said, “Afghanistan’s numerous ethnic and religious minorities are likewise at risk of violence and repression.”
Nasir Ahmad Andisha, a senior Afghan ambassador from the overthrown administration, asked for Taliban activities to be held accountable, describing the situation as “uncertain and dreadful,” with millions of Afghans fearing for their lives.
In a joint statement, independent UN human rights experts noted that many civilians were hiding for fear of retaliation while “the Taliban continued to search residences door-to-door.”
They stated that “searches, arrests, harassment, and intimidation, as well as seizures of property and reprisals, had already been reported.”
The council will discuss a draught resolution offered by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which expresses concern about reports of human rights breaches.
It does not, however, mention the Taliban by name, nor does it propose
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