Western countries express concern over Afghan retaliation, Taliban reject accusations


BERLIN – The United States and a group of Western countries including Germany, France and Britain have expressed concern over reported killings and disappearances of former Afghan security forces following the takeover Taliban in Afghanistan in August.

In a joint statement released over the weekend, all 21 countries as well as the European Union referred to reports of such abuses documented by Human Rights Watch and others.

“We stress that the alleged actions constitute serious human rights violations and contradict the amnesty announced by the Taliban,” said the statement issued by the German Foreign Ministry.

“Reported cases must be promptly and transparently investigated, those responsible must be held accountable, and these measures must be clearly announced as an immediate deterrent to further killings and disappearances,” he said. declared.

Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Sayed Khosti dismissed the retaliatory killings charge, saying no evidence had been presented.

“If there is any evidence, it should be shared with us,” he said in a video statement, pointing to the general amnesty announced by the Taliban government.

“We have had a few individual cases of murders of former members of the government, but these were due to private feuds and we arrested those involved.”

“This is slander against the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, not justice.”

Human Rights Watch said in a November 30 report that Taliban forces in Afghanistan have executed or forcibly removed more than 100 former police and intelligence operatives since taking control of the country on August 15, despite the declared amnesty. .

The Taliban’s Home Office rejected Human Rights Watch’s report but said it would arrest anyone who can be proven to have violently retaliated against members of the former military.

Faced with a deep economic crisis following the abrupt withdrawal of foreign aid when Western countries withdrew from Afghanistan, the Taliban appealed for international support to avert a humanitarian catastrophe, with more than half of the population faced with hunger during the winter.

The joint statement said, “We will continue to measure the Taliban by their actions.”

The statement was issued by Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States United Kingdom, Ukraine and United States.


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