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Taliban Accused of Arbitrarily Detaining of Afghan Women and Journalists by a Rights Group

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FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2021 file photo, Taliban fighters display their flag on patrol in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Taliban win in Afghanistan is giving a boost to militants in neighboring Pakistan. The Pakistani Taliban, known as the TTP, have become emboldened in tribal areas along the border with Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Almost 2,000 individuals have been arbitrarily jailed by the Taliban in Afghanistan since they seized control again in August 2021, claims a study by a rights organization released on Monday.

According to Rawadari, a recently formed rights organization, “those jailed largely include former government officials, women demonstrators, human rights defenders, civil society activists, and journalists.” it also continue that “Others are religious professors, Salafi members, tribal leaders, and citizens accused of having ties to the National Resistance Front (NRF)”.

The former chairman of Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission, Shaharzad Akbar, serves as the executive director of the rights organization that produced the study.

Although the Taliban have not yet responded to the findings, the group has previously dismissed similar UN studies as propaganda.

The Taliban’s supreme leader declared a sweeping amnesty for its foes after regaining control.

But the media has frequently reported on arbitrary detentions and murders that were purportedly committed by people or organizations under the leadership of the Taliban.

Extremists have detained journalists who were reporting such protests or security issues and have openly put an end to peaceful women’s demonstrations.

The Taliban implemented harsh laws on women and limited human rights in the nation, denying women and girls of their right to an education among other things.

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