Geneva — A senior Afghan diplomat from the government, who retired on Tuesday, called for accountability for the Taliban’s actions, and millions of people feared their lives in reports of forced marriages and visits “uncertainty.” Explained the “disastrous” situation.
At an emergency meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ambassador Nacil Ahmad Andisha urged Member States to send a powerful message to the Taliban and others that infringement “has consequences.”
But so far, the council’s resolution submitted by Pakistan has not mentioned the name of the Taliban, and as advocated by some Western nations, a fact-finding investigation into the Taliban. Not enough to request a mission.
“The situation on the ground is uncertain and dire. It requires serious attention, responsibility and accountability,” he said.
He quoted reports of forced marriage cases, intimidation of journalists, and visiting investigations, stating that restrictions and breaches were occurring despite the Taliban’s early commitment to respect human rights.
In rare cases, delays in making new appointments have prevented government envoys from responding to UN agencies, but accreditation is determined by the UN Qualifications Commission in New York. Afghanistan is not currently a councilor, but a non-voting observer.
In the past, the 47-member organization has faced criticism of electing countries with suspicious rights records as members such as Libya under former ruler Mu’ammar Al-Kadafi.