Afghanistan

“No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”

Afghanistan: Mass Human Rights Violations, Away from the Eyes of the Media

In Panjshir province, the situation of human rights is deeply deplorable

Report from Mohammad Asghar Surush, Afghan Human Rights Activist, September 30, 2022:

In Panjshir province, the situation of human rights is deeply deplorable. After the visit of Mr. Richard Bennett, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Afghanistan in October 2022, human rights violations increased in that province. According to the ISHR report from the ground, the Taliban soldiers threatened, tortured, arbitrarily arrested, and killed ordinary people in Panjshir province.

Violation of Articles 5 & 9 of the UDHR

Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) stated that “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”, and article 9 says, “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile”. Unfortunately, days after the visit of Mr. Bennett from Panjshir province, and exactly at the time he was presenting his report to the UN General Assembly on October 27, 2022, the Taliban soldiers killed two young boys without any reason. A person from Panjshir province who didn’t want to disclose his name said to ISHR; “two young boys from Abdullahkhel village named Noor Mohammad and Ghulam Eshan had gone to the mountains to bring their sheep and cattle. At first, they were arrested and severely tortured by the Taliban. Due to the severity of the torture, one of them died during torture, and the other one died in the local hospital in Panjshir province”.  Additionally, two young boys from the Parian district had disappeared for several days. But recently, their bodies were found in Rokha district, “said the source”.

Violation of the Rights to Privacy

Article 12 of the declaration says, “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy,…”.  But the report indicates that no one has the right to have a smartphone in Panjshir province. The Taliban established various checkpoints on highways and inside of the cities, they sight and search the people. Those who have a smartphone with, the Taliban sight their photos, call logs, messages, and social media. In most cases, the Taliban soldiers have seized and broken people’s smartphones. No one dares to ask them “why”. If someone does this, definitely they will be punished and tortured by the Taliban.

Based on the ISHR report from the ground, mass human rights violations happening in Panjshir province. There are no neutral media and national and international civil society and human rights organizations to document and report what is going on in that province. The report indicates that a part of the violations which quote by the people published in the media. While the majority of human rights violations are not reported by any media.