The Islamic Emirate has rejected the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report on the killing of innocent people and violations of human rights across Afghanistan, calling it incorrect and baseless.
A statement tweeted by Zabihullah Mujahid on Friday said that Afghans are currently provided with better human rights than any other period in the country.
“The Islamic Emirate asks the UN and human rights advocate agencies not to listen to the propaganda against the Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan. They must consider and accept the truth in the country. Human rights are respected in comparison to the past 20 years in Afghanistan,” said Zabihullah Mujahid, Islamic Emirate spokesman.
These comments come as HRW on Thursday expressed concerns over the violations of human rights, especially those of women and girls, and called for an end to an exemption on travel bans of the Islamic Emirate.
“Human Rights Watch has issued a new statement today calling for some specific action by the Security Council of the United Nations in response to the rising level of abuses by the Taliban against women and girls in Afghanistan. In June, the travel ban exemptions that are currently in place for fourteen members of the Taliban leadership will expire, at that point we are asking the Security Council, not only to end those exemptions but also to consider whether there might be a need for a travel ban against additional individuals...,” said Heather Barr.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council will hold a meeting on human rights, particularly concerning women, in June.
“The countries always react, these reactions do not work,” said Wajiha Amiri, Women's rights activist.
Travel bans on some Islamic Emirate leaders were first imposed in 1999 as part of the UN response to violent activities in Afghanistan and it was partially suspended three years ago to allow 14 members of the Islamic Emirate to attend peace talks.