The Principles of Humanity

The forces that have a onesided platform, always giving orders to the people and making rules without being bound by any themselves, demanding taxes and tithes from the people without providing services, being warlike and demanding blood without having an intention and plan to ensure peace and tranquility, are still present outside of Afghanistan in this era; however, such forces are rarely able to build a government or take over a country in our time. The common rule in today‘s world is to regulate the relationship between people and governments based on defined laws and principles. These principles are the product of the experience of societies and have been accumulated and formed as a result of dialogue, struggle and long exchange of opinions over centuries. The general title of these collective agreements can be called humane principles. Human principles, as the name implies, are not the orders of an Emir, Sharia law, or the orders of a usurping group, but rather rules whose correct criteria are the collective interests of the people and the individual rights of each person.

In the past century, as communication expanded and the interaction between governments and societies increased dramatically, efforts were made to establish rules that would define the relations between nations and governments. The United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are two fundamental documents and standards of human and international principles. Human principles and international principles are mutually reinforcing and intertwined. All human societies have agreed on the core principles of these two sets of principles, with minor cultural variations in how they are implemented. These principles are very clear and objective. For instance, the first article of the Declaration of Human Rights states: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”Everyone is endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

Contrary to the complicated and deceptive principles espoused by groups such as the Taliban, which are often based on outdated literature and vague orders, the principles of humanity are straightforward and unambiguous. They are easily understood and require no explanation. Yesterday, in response to an incident, the spokesman of the Taliban highlighted the importance of adhering to humanitarian and international principles. The first article of the most renowned human rights document states that all human beings are free and have equal rights. However, the Taliban do not accept people as free and have a different interpretation of freedom; the same spokesman once said in a speech that freedom means worship and preparation for the afterlife. This group fundamentally rejects human equality, and has officially declared women to be incomplete and incapable, denying them social activities, work and education. In contrast to the stipulation of Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Taliban does not consider everyone as having reason and deserving of brotherly treatment.

The other articles of the declaration, which address cultural, ethnic and racial rights, prevention of discrimination, right to life, freedom, security and nontorture and arbitrary detention, are human principles that are respected to varying degrees in many parts of the world. Unfortunately, humanity has yet to fully embrace them. In some societies, steps have been taken in that direction, and rulers do not officially declare them to be in opposition to their religious, group and emirate principles. The Taliban is the only group that has taken power in a country, claiming international legitimacy for its administration, yet openly and by command, under the pretext ofSharia“, it stands against these human principles and suppresses and eliminates those who wish to uphold basic human principles. Compliance with humanitarian principles and international principles that the Taliban group demands of Israel are two of the main demands of the Afghan people from the Taliban. The Taliban has a much more destructive role in our land than the Israeli forces have in the Palestinian land.