Afghanistan | Taliban charged with “killing” civilians

(Kabul) The American and British embassies in Kabul on Monday accused the Taliban of “slaughtering dozens of civilians” in retaliation in the Spin Boldak district of southern Afghanistan, which they arrested on Monday 14 July.

Posted on Aug 2, 2021 at 10:23 am

The two embassies believe that “the Taliban leadership must be held responsible for the crimes of their fighters. If you can’t control your fighters now, you have nothing to do with the government later.

War crimes

“These murders are likely war crimes; They need to be investigated and the responsible Taliban fighters or leaders held accountable, ”said the two embassies on their respective Twitter accounts in a similar way, referring to a report by the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), a public body.

(…) After the capture of the Spin Boldak district, the Taliban searched and identified former and current government officials and killed those who did not play a fighting role ”.

Extract from a report by the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission

The commission says it has identified 40 people killed by the Taliban in the district, but “according to certain allegations that could not be immediately verified, the number may be higher”.

The insurgents also retaliated against local residents who welcomed Afghan forces in an attempt to retake the district that ultimately failed, including ransacking their homes. Civilians were also killed for “personal reasons” and “past conflicts”, according to the AIHRC.

These killings by the Taliban in Spin Boldak district are a clear violation of international humanitarian law and can amount to war crimes, the commission said.

“While the Taliban leadership has officially affirmed that its fighters will not attack civilians or civilian buildings, these and similar episodes show that, contrary to what they claim, the movement does not in practice adhere to the principles of international human rights and humanitarian law.”

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