Western countries have demanded that a probe into the “summary murders” be launched.
Washington, (AFP) The United States ( has joined a coalition of Western governments and allies in condemning the Taliban for “summary murders” of former Afghan security officers, as reported by rights groups, and has called for prompt investigations.
“We are deeply concerned by reports of summary executions and enforced disappearances of former members of the Afghan security forces, as documented by Human Rights Watch and others,” read a statement issued by the State Department on behalf of the United States, the European Union, Australia, the United Kingdom, Japan, and others.
“We emphasise that the claimed activities represent significant human rights violations and contradict the Taliban’s declared amnesty,” the group of states wrote, urging Afghanistan’s new leadership to guarantee the amnesty is implemented and “upheld across the country and across their ranks.”
From mid-August to October, 47 former members of the Afghan National Security Forces, other military personnel, police, and intelligence agents “who had surrendered to or were apprehended by Taliban forces” were executed or disappeared, according to a report released earlier this week by human rights groups.
“Reported cases must be investigated promptly and transparently, those responsible must be held accountable, and these steps must be clearly publicised as an immediate deterrent to further killings and disappearances,” the countries, which include Canada, New Zealand, Romania, Ukraine, and several European countries, said.
“We will continue to judge the Taliban based on their conduct.”
In August, the Taliban gained control of Afghanistan when the US-backed government in Kabul and the country’s military fell.