Taliban Calls UN Special Rapporteur’s Report on Afghanistan Biased

Tuesday, 09/13/2022

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesperson, called the report of Richard Bennett, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights for Afghanistan, “biased”.

In a statement, the Taliban spokesperson said that there are no threats against women in Afghanistan.

Bennett, while addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council on Monday, had said that the human rights situation in Afghanistan had severely “deteriorated”.

According to Bennett, Afghan citizens have been “trapped in a human rights crisis” under the Taliban rule and stressed that the world seemed powerless in addressing this crisis.

He added that the severe rollback of the rights of women and girls, coupled with the reprisals targeting opponents and critics, and the restrictions on freedom of expression by the Taliban has amounted into “authoritarianism” and urged the international community that “this crisis demanded ongoing attention from the Human Rights Council”.

The UN Special Rapporteur stressed that Afghans are in a difficult situation and were going through turbulent times. He also expressed concerns about Afghan women being deprived of their civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August 15, 2021.

However, Mujahid said, “the biased report of the United Nations neither mentions nor praises the positive progress of the Taliban”.

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