Taliban become more defiant, embracing past policies: US envoy

The Taliban are becoming more defiant in adopting the policies of the past, US special envoy Rina Amiri said, condemning reports of public flogging in the eastern province of Logar amid growing concern over the rights situation. humans in Afghanistan.

“This is a dire and dangerous sign that the Taliban are becoming more defiant in showing the world that they are embracing the policies of the past. It did not end well before and will once again lead the country down a dangerous path.” US envoy Amiri said in a tweet.

Media reports on Thursday said that three women and eleven men, who were charged with moral offences, were publicly caned in Logar province.

“Fourteen people, including three women, were flogged in the presence of academics, authorities and individuals…for different offences, including adultery, robbery and other forms of corruption at a football stadium in Logar (province),” the Supreme Court said. On twitter. , quoted by Reuters.

Earlier this month, Taliban Supreme Leader Mawlawi Hebatullah Akhundzada ordered judges to fully apply Islamic law. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Haibatullah Akhundzada’s order came after the leader met with a group of judges.

A Taliban spokesman said the Islamic Emirate leader’s order will be implemented throughout the country. “Those who are involved in murder, kidnapping and robbery must be punished for their actions,” Taliban spokesman Yousef Ahmadi told TOLOnews.

The Taliban took over Afghanistan in August 2021 and imposed policies that severely restricted basic rights, particularly those of women and girls, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

The Taliban have fired all women from leadership positions in the civil service and have banned girls in most provinces from attending secondary school. Taliban decrees prohibit women from traveling unless accompanied by a male relative and require face coverings for women in public, including TV newscasters.

The Taliban have extensively censored, limiting critical reporting, and have detained and beaten journalists.

According to human rights groups, Taliban forces have carried out revenge killings and enforced disappearances of former government officials and security force personnel. They have summarily executed people believed to be affiliated with Islamic State.

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