Afghanistan: State of Minorities Report 2022
13 Feb 2023 ( Reliefweb.com )
The Taliban takeover in August 2021 led to the dismantling of the nascent human rights regime in the country and the reinstatement of the 1964 Constitution, resulting in the recrudescence of Sharia Law, which accords no protection to many minority groups. Since then, the Taliban has reduced the judiciary to field courts and has replaced the Ministry of Women Affairs with the Ministry of Vice and Virtue. The Human Rights Commission has been dissolved and most human rights defenders and other civil society members have fled the country. Those that remain live under extreme scrutiny of the Taliban. There has been a complete abrogation of all accountability mechanisms for ensuring the protection of human rights. All of Afghanistan’s minorities have faced oppression, with extrajudicial killings, forced evictions and displacement, ‘redress’ of past incidents committed against the Pashtuns, and a complete fettering of women and LGBTIQA+ rights. Not only have civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights been violated, but the Taliban’s oppressive acts have triggered a humanitarian crisis in the country with the minority population not even being able to provision for their basic needs.
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