UN urges Afghanistan’s Taliban to end floggings, executions

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On Monday, a U.N. report strongly denounced the Taliban for engaging in public executions, lashings, and stonings since assuming control in Afghanistan.

The report, issued by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), revealed that within the past six months alone, 274 men, 58 women, and two boys have been subjected to public floggings.

Fiona Frazer, the human rights chief of the agency, emphasized that such acts of corporal punishment constitute a violation of the Convention against Torture and must be immediately discontinued, the Associated Press has reported.

She also called for an urgent suspension of all executions.

Responding to the report, the Taliban foreign ministry stated that Afghanistan’s legislation is derived from Islamic principles and guidelines, and the majority of Afghan citizens adhere to these rules.

The ministry further asserted that in the event of any conflict between international human rights law and Islamic law, the government is obligated to prioritize Islamic law.

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