“horrific” reports have emerged that the Taliban have severely curtailed the rights of Afghan women and girls in the areas they have taken, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday.
The Taliban have moved ever closer to Kabul and take full control of Afghanistan, fueling fears of a return to their brutal regime overthrown by the United States-led invasion of 2001.
“I am deeply disturbed by the first indications that the Taliban is imposing severe restrictions on human rights in the areas under their control, particularly targeting women and journalists,” Guterres told reporters.
“It is particularly appalling and heartbreaking to see messages about the hard-won rights of Afghan girls and women being ripped off,” he added.
The UN chief warned that “targeting attacks on civilians is a serious violation of international humanitarian law and amounts to a war crime”.
Security forces in Afghanistan have capitulated on fronts, with individual soldiers, units and even entire divisions surrendering — handing the insurgents even more vehicles and military equipment to fuel their lightning-fast advance.
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