Taliban Impose Corporal Punishment on 334 People in Last Six Months: UNAMA

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has recently reported that 334 individuals have been physically punished by the Taliban in Afghanistan during the past six months.

On Monday, May 8, UNAMA published a detailed report on the execution of corporal punishment and executions by the Taliban from August 2021 to May 2023.

The report documents cases of corporal punishment and executions in accordance with the internal laws of Afghanistan and international laws.

During the past six months, more than 274 men, 58 women, and two boys have been sentenced to corporal punishment by Taliban courts and have been flogged, according to the published information.

Fiona Frazer, head of human rights at UNAMA, said, “Corporal punishment violates the Convention against Torture and must be stopped. The United Nations strongly opposes the death penalty and urges the Taliban to immediately suspend executions.”

In the newly prepared report on corporal punishment and executions by the Taliban, the group’s Foreign Ministry responded to UNAMA’s questions.

The Taliban’s Foreign Ministry said it is obliged to comply with Islamic laws, and the Hodud and Qisas are mentioned in Islamic laws.

While credible and reliable reports of torture, threats, and insults of detainees in Taliban prisons have been published for obtaining forced confessions, the Taliban’s Foreign Ministry opposes such methods of obtaining confessions and adds that it is neither legal nor legitimate.

UNAMA has documented corporal punishment during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan in accordance with global laws, as the group has reintroduced corporal punishment and the execution of sentences in public since coming to power in this country.

The punishment has caused reactions worldwide, and the international community has called for an immediate end to the violation of human rights in Afghanistan.