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Human rights group: Taliban retaliates against Afghans


A Taliban fighter monitors a line of Afghans at a World Food Program distribution site in Kabul on Nov. 17. Associated Press/Photo by Petros Giannakouris

Human rights group: Taliban retaliates against Afghans

Human Rights Watch released a report on Tuesday that accuses the Taliban of violating its promise to keep police and intelligence officials who served in the previous Afghan government safe. Prime Minister Mohammed Hassan Akhund denied any wrongdoing in a Saturday public address. But the rights group conducted 67 interviews and documented the killing or disappearance of 47 former security force members at the hands of the Taliban. The report claims to have credible evidence that Taliban forces have killed or disappeared more than 100 former police or intelligence officers altogether across four provinces.

What about amnesty? The Taliban requires all former government and security officials to register with them and receive a letter of protection. But many of the people who spoke to Human Rights Watch said they are too afraid to register because the Taliban has used the list to target them. If they do not register, Taliban forces come to find them for not complying.

Dig deeper: Read Emily Belz’s report in WORLD Magazine about continued evacuation efforts in Afghanistan.


Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.

@CarolinaLumetta

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