Afghan women demonstrate for their rights and against execution of former government members

A few dozen Afghan women demonstrated this Tuesday in Kabul to demand respect for their rights and an end to the executions of members of the former government by the Taliban, in a protest quickly and violently interrupted by fundamentalist fighters.

The women, between 30 and 50 according to different sources, gathered near a large mosque in the center of the Afghan capital and managed to march for a few hundred meters shouting “justice”.

Taliban forces attacked and dispersed the women and briefly detained several journalists covering the protest, confiscating mobile phones and cameras, returning them only after erasing the captured images.

“I ask the world: tell the Taliban to stop the killings,” one of the protesters, Nayera Koahistani, told Agence France-Presse.

“We want freedom, we want justice” was the slogan released through social media, to call for protest against the “mysterious murders of young people, especially the country’s former military personnel”.

“The Taliban have announced a general amnesty, but they have only misled the Afghans as they continue to murder and torture members of the security forces of the previous government,” Marjan Amire, one of the organizers of the protest, told Spanish news agency EFE.

Although the Taliban have pledged, after seizing power in Afghanistan last August, not to go after people linked to the previous government, the United Nations and the organizations Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have denounced dozens of cases of summary executions and the disappearance. of more than 100 former security forces agents.

The UN condemned the brutal methods of torture and execution and abuses against civilians, and the backlash in the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan, barred from studying or holding public office since the Taliban came to power, has also elicited international condemnation. .

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