The Islamic Emirate, in reaction to an Amnesty International petition regarding the violation of human rights in Afghanistan, said whatever has been published from this organization is far from the truth.
Officials of the Islamic Emirate said that they have respected human rights, especially women's rights, within the framework of Islamic Sharia.
"All of these reports are false. Since the Islamic Emirate took control, Afghanistan has preserved its two decades of human rights. Where were these institutions, and why didn't they speak up when Afghans were being killed by the invading soldiers?” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman of the Islamic Emirate.
Earlier, Amnesty International created a petition on what it considers to be human rights violations in Afghanistan and is requesting comments from people all around the world.
According to the Amnesty International, the Islamic Emirate has started a new era of human rights abuse and violations since taking over on 15 August 2021 in Afghanistan. Around one year later, the country is "at the brink of irreversible ruin."
“Not only the Taliban de-facto authorities have broken their promise of protecting Afghan people’s rights, especially women’s rights, they have resumed the cycle of violence and committed a litany of human rights abuses and violations with full impunity. In one year, they have systematically dismantled key institutions for human rights protection, clamped down on freedom of expression, association, fair trial, and other rights. The fundamental rights of women and girls have been stripped. Thousands of Afghans have been arbitrarily detained, tortured, disappeared, and even killed. Journalists, activists, human rights defenders, artists, academics, religious and ethnic minorities remain at particular risk,” the petition reads.
One of the Afghan members of this group, Samira Hamidi, said that in the past year, there had been a lack of respect for the rights of Afghan residents, particularly those of women, artists, journalists, and minorities.
"With this petition, we seek to put pressure on the Taliban to end human rights violence and pressure on the international community to hold (the Islamic Emirate) accountable for human rights violations," she said.
However, some women’s rights activists have different views on this issue.
"The United Nations can force the Taliban to abide by international law," said Farah Mustafawi, a women’s rights activist.
"Any action taken to protect women's rights in this circumstance would be helpful, provided it is not temporary, it will increase unity among the human rights defenders, and it would support women's internal protests," said Maryam Arween, a women’s rights activist.
Amnesty International has previously urged the Islamic Emirate to provide women and girls in Afghanistan the right to work and get an education and to participate in politics and society.