- A UN report released Wednesday claims that over 1.6K incidents of rights violations against those detained by the Taliban in Afghanistan were recorded in the 19 months leading up to the end of July 2023.1
- The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has claimed that abuses occurred across 29 of the 34 Afghan provinces, with nearly 60% of the violations committed by Afghanistan's General Directorate of Intelligence.2
- The report further cites 18 deaths while in custody, with nearly half of the alleged violations detailed as 'torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.' Approximately one in 10 of the incidents were against women and nearly 25% were against journalists, according to the UN.3
- Examples of torture techniques included 'beatings, electric shocks, water torture, and numerous other forms of cruel and degrading treatment,' according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk.4
- Roza Otunbayeva, the UN secretary-general's special representative to Afghanistan, acknowledged that there were 'encouraging signs' of the Taliban 'engag[ing] constructively with UNAMA,' such as allowing prison visits, while demanding that 'urgent, accelerated action' is still needed.5
- In response to the report, Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry disputed its accuracy and said steps had been made to improve conditions for detainees while reaffirming that Shariah law prohibits torture.6
- Establishment-critical narrative, as provided by Timesnow. This inflammatory report is inaccurate and only serves to paint the Taliban in a negative light. Torture and forced confessions are already prohibited, and authorities are investigating any violations. It's vital that the UN, rather than listening to the rumors of those who wish to sow discord, engage in real dialogue with the Islamic Emirate as it continues to work toward peace and security.
- Pro-establishment narrative, as provided by Inews.co.uk. The Taliban's definition of necessary security and stability is one that engages in gross human rights violations against women, minorities, and dissidents. Its presence in the global community is a danger to us all, and UNAMA must continue to spend more time with the Afghan people, rather than the de facto authorities, and work to expose the truth of the oppression currently going unchecked.