US Slams Taliban for Publicly Flogging Afghan Males, Ladies

The U.S. particular envoy for ladies, women and human rights in Afghanistan has sharply criticized the ruling Islamist Taliban for organizing public floggings of individuals, together with ladies, accused of “ethical crimes” resembling theft and adultery.

“That is each appalling and a harmful signal that the Taliban have gotten extra defiant in displaying the world that they’re embracing the insurance policies of the previous,” Rina Amiri mentioned on Twitter.

Her response got here a day after the Taliban Supreme Courtroom mentioned that 11 males and three ladies had been flogged “for various sins, together with adultery, theft and different types of corruption,” in a soccer stadium within the nation’s east.

The announcement famous that the punishment was administered Wednesday morning “within the presence of revered students, safety forces, tribal elders and native residents.”

It was the most recent signal of the Taliban’s software of their strict interpretation of Islamic regulation, often known as Shariah, to legal justice, and restoring insurance policies of their rule from 1996 to 2001, when flogging came about in a lot of Afghanistan.

“It did not find yourself effectively earlier than, and it’ll as soon as once more take the nation on a deadly path,” Amiri warned.

Earlier this month, reclusive Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada ordered senior judges to use Shariah punishments in instances already concluded. Taliban authorities have since applied public floggings in no less than two provinces for crimes resembling adultery, false accusations of adultery, theft, banditry, alcohol consumption, apostasy and sedition.

The Supreme Courtroom mentioned about two weeks in the past that 19 individuals, together with 9 ladies, had been lashed in northeastern Takhar province for adultery, theft and operating away from residence. Every was lashed 39 occasions, it mentioned.

The Shariah authorized system is derived from Islam’s holy ebook, the Quran, and the deeds in addition to sayings of the Prophet Muhammad.

Amnesty Worldwide urged the Taliban to instantly and unconditionally finish the “legal observe” of public flogging and all different types of corporal punishment. The rights watchdog burdened the necessity for putting in a proper justice mechanism with honest trials and entry to authorized cures.

“The Taliban proceed to disregard widespread criticism as they flagrantly flout fundamental human rights ideas in an alarming slide into what seems to be like a grim reminder of their rule” of many years in the past, Amnesty mentioned.

“These outrageous punishments are simply one other step within the legalization of inhuman practices by the Taliban’s merciless justice system and expose the de-facto authorities’ full disregard for worldwide human rights regulation.”

The Taliban returned to energy in August 2021 after virtually 20 years of insurgency towards U.S.-led NATO troops and their Afghan companions. The worldwide troops withdrew from Afghanistan simply days after the Taliban seized energy.

No nation has but to formally acknowledge the Taliban rule due to human rights and terrorism-related considerations. The worldwide neighborhood has been urgent the Islamist rulers to reverse restrictions on Afghan ladies if they need legitimacy for his or her men-only authorities.

Since they seized energy in August 2021, the Taliban have ordered ladies to cowl their faces in public and never undertake lengthy highway journeys with out a shut male family member. They’ve additionally ordered many feminine authorities workers members to remain at residence. Ladies are banned from visiting gyms, parks and public baths.

Whereas private and non-private universities are open to ladies throughout Afghanistan, teenage women aren’t allowed to attend secondary faculties from grades seven to 12.

U.S. envoy Amiri additionally criticized the Taliban for dissolving the Afghan Impartial Bar Affiliation final November, saying it was a mannequin of gender inclusion.

“Now ladies are sidelined from practising regulation & many ladies judges & legal professionals are pressured to beg for meals for his or her kids reasonably than use their expertise. Such injustice,” she mentioned in a separate tweet Thursday.

The Taliban defend their governance, saying it’s in step with Afghan tradition and Islamic regulation.