| 9 December 2023, Saturday |

Over 200 former Afghan military, officials killed since Taliban takeover, UN reports

Despite a “general amnesty” for old adversaries, more than 200 members of Afghanistan’s former military, law enforcement, and government have been slain since the Taliban seized power, according to the UN mission in Afghanistan on Tuesday.

In a report, the mission stated that from the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan in mid-2021 through June, it had recorded at least 218 unlawful deaths.

“In most cases, individuals were detained by de facto security forces, often briefly, before being killed,” claimed the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

Senior Taliban leaders have said there is an amnesty for former government officials and members of the military by order of their supreme leader.

The Taliban-led foreign affairs ministry said in response to UNAMA that it had not received reports of any cases of non-compliance with the order and any cases that did occur would be investigated.

About half of the killings recorded by UNAMA occurred in the four months after the Taliban took over, as US-backed foreign forces were withdrawing, in August 2021, and 70 were recorded in 2022.

“For the majority of violations discussed in this report, there is limited information regarding measures taken by the de facto authorities to investigate incidents and hold perpetrators to account,” UNAMA said, referring to the Taliban administration.

“The apparent impunity with which members of the de facto authorities continue to commit human rights violations against former government officials and ANDSF members is of serious concern,” UNAMA said, referring to the old Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.

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