UN Human Rights Council on Afghanistan

August 24, 2021

… we have also received credible reports of serious violations of international humanitarian law, and human rights abuses, taking place in many areas under effective Taliban control.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, during a special session on Afghanistan.
  • Here are the credible reports Bachelet lists:
  • summary executions of civilians and hors de combat members of the Afghan national security forces;
  • restrictions on the rights of women – including their right to move around freely and girls’ right to attend schools;
  • recruitment of child soldiers;
  • repression of peaceful protest and expression of dissent.

The Human Rights Council says the number of people forced to leave their homes since the beginning of the year is in the hundreds of thousands, bringing the number of displaced to more than 3 million. They also call the Taliban’s treatment of women and girls a “red line.”

Why It Matters: This report from the United Nations lends more credibility to similar reports of rising atrocities in Afghanistan; the Taliban denies accusations like these, calling such reports “fake news.”

Here’s the report.

by Jenna Lee,