UN human rights expert decries ‘descent towards authoritarianism’ in Afghanistan

UN human rights expert decries ‘descent towards authoritarianism’ in Afghanistan

The mandate to monitor human rights violations in Afghanistan was established by the Geneva-based council almost a year ago in the aftermath of the Taliban takeover. ― Reuters pic

Monday, 12 Sep 2022 9:29 PM MYT

GENEVA, Sept 12 — A UN expert today said that human rights had deteriorated under the Taliban, describing a “descent towards authoritarianism” and calling for radical changes.

“The severe rollback of the rights of women and girls, reprisals targeting opponents and critics, and a clampdown on freedom of expression by the Taliban amount to a descent towards authoritarianism,” Richard Bennett, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan, told a Human Rights Council meeting.

The mandate to monitor human rights violations in Afghanistan was established by the Geneva-based council almost a year ago in the aftermath of the Taliban takeover last August and is now up for renewal. — Reuters