Amnesty International has disclosed some of the most recent acts committed by the Taliban in Afghanistan. They are continuing in their gruesome and brutal history with seemingly no repercussions.
The Taliban forces unlawfully killed 13 ethnic Hazara, including a girl who was just 17 years old. This happened in the Daykundi province after members of the security forces of the former government surrendered. This horrific act has produced a new investigation by Amnesty International.
The brutal murders happened in the Kahor village of the Khidir district on August 30th. According to Amnesty International, eleven of the victims were former members of the Afghan National Defense Security Forces (ANDSF), and two were civilians.
“According to eyewitness testimony gathered by Amnesty International, the Taliban extrajudicially executed nine of the ANDSF members after they had surrendered, killings that appear to be war crimes,” the group noted. The civilians who were murdered, including the teenage girl, were shot while trying to run away into a group of people.
Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary-General, said that the cold-blooded executions were proof that the Taliban is consumed with the same kind of brutal abuses that characterized the group in their past rule in the country.
The Taliban is known for continually violating the rights of those they think might be adversarial. And they have killed those who surrender. They say that they are not targeting former employees of the previous government, but the latest killings contradict that claim.
Amnesty International declared that the Taliban must immediately cease these cruel acts of revenge. They must also ensure employees of the former government and their families that they can live safely in Afghanistan. And the new government must make clear that such grave violations will not be tolerated, and that those responsible will be prosecuted.
After such brutal injustice, the Taliban had the audacity to inform the remaining relatives of those murdered that those who ran away should come back and surrender within three days.
Interviewees told Amnesty International that one senior Taliban official said: “I have killed people for the past 20 years. Killing is easy for me. I can kill again.”
This new report comes as the Taliban has attempted to appeal to the world to become a member of the global community. Last month the terrorist organization asked to speak to international leaders at the United Nations. They nominated their Doha-based spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, as Afghanistan’s U.N. ambassador. This is according to a letter seen by Reuters.
The Hill made a report that indicated the Hazaras, an ethnic minority in Afghanistan that makes up only 9 percent of the population of the landlocked country, have long been persecuted by the Taliban. They follow the Shia branch of Islam in the Sunni-majority country and are certainly a present target of the new regime.
The chaos began with the Biden administration’s catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan which led to the Taliban takeover of the country and resulted in the deaths of 13 U.S. service members and over a hundred Afghans. This botched withdrawal also left behind 100 to 200 Americans in the country.
According to The Daily Wire, a Qatari evacuation flight with Americans took off from Afghanistan earlier this week, as confirmed by ABC News.
A senior Qatari government official told ABC News that the State of Qatar was pleased to work with a number of parties on the ground in Afghanistan along with international partners to make the recent flight possible. When the passengers arrived in Qatar, they were transported to a compound facility that currently hosts Afghan civilians and other evacuees. They will each receive a COVID-19 test, rest, and remain in Doha until departing to their final destinations.