The United States on Saturday led a group of Western nations and allies in condemning the Taliban over the “summary killings” of former members of Afghan security forces, reported by rights groups, and demanding a speedy investigation.
“We are deeply concerned by reports of brief killings and forced disappearances of former members of Afghan security forces, documented by Human Rights Watch and others,” said a statement from the United States, the European Union, Australia, Britain, Japan and others. ” issued by the State Department.
“We underline that the alleged actions constitute serious human rights abuses and contradict the Taliban’s declared apology,” the group of nations said. ,
Earlier this week Human Rights Watch released a report that documents the summary executions or enforced disappearances of 47 former members of the Afghan National Security Forces, other military personnel, police and intelligence agents “who have served as a member of the Taliban forces”. surrendered to the front or were captured” from mid-August to October.
“Reported cases must be investigated promptly and transparently, those responsible must be held accountable, and these steps must be clearly publicized as an immediate deterrent to further killings and disappearances,” Countries, which include Canada, New Zealand, Romania. Ukraine and several European countries said in their statement.
The Taliban took power in Afghanistan in mid-August as the US-backed government and the country’s military collapsed in Kabul.
Washington held talks with Taliban officials earlier this week after it urged the radical Islamist group to provide access to education for women and girls across the country.
A US spokesman said it expressed “deep concern about allegations of human rights abuses.”