The Islamic Emirate, in response to a petition by Amnesty International regarding human rights abuses in Afghanistan, said everything published by the organization was far from the truth.
Islamic Emirate officials said they respect human rights, particularly women’s rights, under Islamic Sharia law.
“All of these reports are false. Since the Islamic Emirate took control, Afghanistan has preserved its two decades of human rights. Where were these institutions and why didn’t they speak up when Afghans were being killed by the invading soldiers?” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.
Previously, Amnesty International created a petition on human rights abuses in Afghanistan and is asking for comments from people around the world.
According to Amnesty International, the Islamic Emirate has ushered in a new era of human rights abuses and abuses since its takeover in Afghanistan on August 15, 2021. About a year later, the country was “on the brink of irrevocable ruin.”
“The de facto Taliban authorities have not only broken their promise to protect the rights of the Afghan people, particularly women, they have resumed the cycle of violence and committed a litany of human rights abuses and abuses with impunity. In the space of a year, they have systematically dismantled key institutions protecting human rights and eliminated freedom of speech, association, fair trial and other rights. The basic rights of women and girls have been curtailed. Thousands of Afghans have been arbitrarily arrested, tortured, disappeared and even killed. Journalists, activists, human rights defenders, artists, academics, religious and ethnic minorities remain at particular risk,” the petition reads.
One of the Afghan members of this group, Samira Hamidi, said that over the past year the rights of Afghan residents have not been respected, particularly those of women, artists, journalists and minorities.
“Through this petition, we are trying to put pressure on the Taliban to stop human rights abuses and put pressure on the international community to hold (the Islamic Emirate) accountable for human rights abuses,” she said.
However, some women’s rights activists have different views on this issue.
“The United Nations can force the Taliban to comply with international law,” said Farah Mustafawi, a women’s rights activist.
“Any action taken to protect women’s rights in these circumstances would be helpful, provided it is not temporary, it will strengthen unity among human rights defenders and support women’s internal protests,” said Maryam Arween, a women’s rights activist.
Amnesty International has previously called on the Islamic Emirate to grant women and girls in Afghanistan the right to work and education as well as political and social participation.