Taliban safety forces in northern Afghanistan have unlawfully detained and tortured residents accused of affiliation with an opposition armed group, the New York-based Human Rights Watch mentioned Friday.
Preventing has escalated in Panjshir province since mid-Could as anti-Taliban forces there attacked Taliban items and checkpoints, HRW mentioned in a press release. The Taliban have responded by deploying hundreds of fighters on search operations concentrating on communities they allege are supporting the opposition forces, the group added.
“Taliban forces have dedicated abstract executions and enforced disappearances of captured fighters and different detainees, that are struggle crimes,” each in Panjshir and elsewhere in Afghanistan, it mentioned.
The drive preventing within the mountainous Panjshir Valley north of Kabul — a distant area that has defied conquerors earlier than — rose out of the final remnants of Afghanistan’s shattered safety forces. It has vowed to withstand the Taliban after they overrun the nation and seized energy in Afghanistan in mid-August.
Nestled within the towering Hindu Kush vary, the Panjshir Valley has a single slender entrance. Native fighters held off the Soviets there within the Eighties, and the Taliban a decade later underneath the management of Ahmad Shah Massoud, a guerrilla fighter who attained near-mythic standing earlier than he was killed in a suicide bombing.
His 33-year-old foreign-educated son, Ahmad Massoud, and several other high officers from the ousted Western-backed authorities have vowed to withstand the Taliban.
“Taliban forces in Panjshir province have rapidly resorted to beating civilians of their response to preventing in opposition to the opposition Nationwide Resistance Entrance,” mentioned Patricia Gossman, affiliate Asia director at Human Rights Watch.
“The Taliban’s longstanding failure to punish these liable for critical abuses of their ranks places extra civilians in danger,” Gossman was quoted within the assertion.
Taliban officers haven’t commented on the HRW assertion. Their troops in Panjshir are underneath the command of the Taliban-appointed protection minister, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob. HRW mentioned that Yaqoob acknowledged in Could that Afghanistan’s new rulers is not going to enable anybody to “disrupt safety” within the province.
Former detainees reported in early June that Taliban safety forces detained about 80 residents within the province’s Khenj district and beat them to compel them to offer details about the opposition forces, HRW mentioned, citing an unnamed human rights advocate who has interviewed a number of former detainees and an individual with direct details about Taliban detentions.
After a number of days, the Taliban launched 70 of the captives however proceed to carry 10 whose relations they accuse of being members of the opposition drive, in response to the HRW assertion.
“Taliban forces in Panjshir have imposed collective punishment and disregarded protections to which detainees are entitled,” Gossman mentioned. “That is simply the newest instance of Taliban abuses throughout preventing within the area.”