Over 200 ex-Afghan military, officials killed since Taliban takeover: UN

Geneva: More than 200 members of Afghanistan’s former military, law enforcement and government have been killed since the Taliban took over, the UN mission in Afghanistan said this week, despite a “general amnesty” for old enemies.

The mission said in a report it had recorded at least 218 extra-judicial killings with links to the Taliban from their takeover of Afghanistan in mid-2021 up to June. “In most instances, individuals were detained by de facto security forces, often briefly, before being killed,” the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said.

Senior Taliban leaders have said there is an amnesty for former government officials and members of the military by order of their supreme leader. The Taliban-led foreign affairs ministry said in response to UNAMA that it had not received reports of any cases of non-compliance with the order and any cases that did occur would be investigated.

About half of the killings recorded by UNAMA occurred in the four months after the Taliban took over, as US-backed foreign forces were withdrawing, in August 2021, and 70 were recorded in 2022.

In total, UNAMA had recorded 800 incidents of human rights violations connected with the Taliban against former government employees and military including arbitrary arrests, disappearance and torture. The majority were against former members of the security forces and police, the mission said.

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