Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations human rights chief, on Monday, Sept. 13, criticized Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers. She said they had broken their promises on human rights by ordering women to stay at home, prohibiting teenage females from attending school, and conducting house-to-house searches for former foes.
Afghanistan was in a “new and perilous phase,” Many women, ethnic groups, and religious communities are concerned about their rights, she told the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Reuters reported.
“Importantly, and in contradiction to assurances that the Taliban would uphold women’s rights, over the past three weeks, women have instead been progressively excluded from the public sphere,” Bachelet said in her speech. She was also “dismayed by the lack of inclusivity of the so-called caretaker cabinet, which includes no women and few non-Pashtuns.”
This time, the Taliban had promised a more inclusive administration after their cruel and oppressive rule from 1996 to 2001.
She cited numerous failed promises of the Taliban, such as amnesty for former civil servants and security officers related to the previous administration and a prohibition on house-to-house searches.
Bachelet demanded the establishment of a system to monitor human rights in Afghanistan. “I reiterate my appeal to this Council to take bold and vigorous action, commensurate with the gravity of this crisis,” she said.
Last month, the U.S. military and State Department hurried to evacuate American citizens and Afghan allies from Kabul’s airport. At the same time, Taliban checkpoints shut many individuals off from freedom and safety. Moreover, reports on the ground suggest the terrorists are summarily murdering civilians who have assisted U.S. forces in the past.
According to Ryan Rogers, a retired Marine sergeant, the interpreter he worked with during the horrific 2010 assault of Marjah in Helmand province is today imprisoned in Kabul, unable to reach the airport while Taliban fighters hunt down and murder former Afghan commandos and interpreters.
“He told me yesterday they hung three [Afghan National Army] commanders that they had found,” according to Fox News on Thursday, Aug. 19. “And that close to the place that he’s hiding, they’re going house-to-house and that they sent a transmission out saying they had plans for the people that operated with America.”