UN officials face harassment and “fear of their lives” in Afghanistan


Employees of the United Nations (UN) in Afghanistan have been exposed to “harassment and intimidation” by the Taliban since the swift takeover of a country devastated by a terrorist group war last month, according to UN officials.

“But we are increasingly concerned about the increasing number of cases of harassment and intimidation of domestic personnel,” Afghanistan’s UN Special Envoy to the United Nations Deborah Lyons said on September 9. news release..

“We will continue to support our staff and do everything possible to prevent them from being harmed,” she added. “The United Nations cannot do its job, a job that is very important to the people of Afghanistan, if its staff are threatened, afraid of their lives and unable to move freely.”

Security documents inside the United Nations Obtained by Reuters On August 25, he described dozens of incidents, including veiled threats, looting of UN offices, and physical abuse of staff, since August 10, five days before Tulliburn seized power.

U.S. senior diplomat Jeffrey DeLaurentiis told the Security Council that the U.S. was “outraged by reports that Taliban members were engaged in retaliation against UN personnel across the country,” such actions “. It’s just unacceptable. “

The Taliban recently cracked down on protesters against terrorist groups, despite respecting the rights of women in Afghanistan and providing assurance that they would be presented as “more moderate”. Has recently broke out all over the country, and reports of the Taliban also enforce bans on women’s rights.

“There are increasing reports that the Taliban banned women from appearing in public places without men’s chaperones, preventing women from working,” said special pleasures.

“They restricted access to girls’ education in some areas, dismantled the Women’s Affairs Department across Afghanistan and targeted women’s NGOs. [Non-Governmental Organizations], “She added.

When the Taliban last came to power between 1996 and 2001, 20 years ago, before a US-led military operation, terrorist groups banned women from entering the workplace and almost all women were almost home. Was trapped in. They also prohibited women from leaving the house without an attendant and forced them to cover their entire body.

Taliban troops are trying to stop protesters, shouting slogans during an anti-Pakistan protest near the Pakistani embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Taliban fighters attempt to stop protesters on September 7, 2021, near the Pakistani embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, shouting slogans during anti-Pakistan protests. (Stringer / Reuters)

The United Nations also emphasized that it was very confused about reports of violence used against Afghan citizens protesting Shariah (or the Taliban’s militant rule) and journalists reporting demonstrations. According to the United Nations, violence included shootings and persistent beatings, among other oppressive measures.

A spokeswoman for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said, “I urge Tulliburn to immediately stop the use of force and arbitrary detention of those exercising the right to peaceful gatherings and journalists reporting protests.” .. news release..

Newspaper editors said two of his journalists were beaten during police detention this week after reporting a woman’s protest in Kabul, which was detained in the Taliban.

Zaki Darabi, founder and editor-in-chief of the Etilaat Roz newspaper, shared images of two male reporters on social media. One has large red wheals on the hips and legs, and the other has similar marks on the shoulders and arms.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Lorenz Duchamps