Kabul: Yesterday, a large number of women marched in the capital of Afghanistan, accusing Taliban authorities of secretly killing soldiers who served in the former US aid regime. According to AFP correspondents, about 30 women gathered near a mosque in central Kabul marched hundreds of meters, chanting “justice, justice” before being stopped by the Taliban.
According to social media invitations, the Taliban also sought to prevent journalists organized against “mysterious murders of young people, especially former soldiers of the country,” from reporting the march. Taliban fighters temporarily detained a group of reporters, confiscated equipment from some photographers, deleted images from cameras and then returned them.
Since returning to power in August, hardliners have frequently intervened to effectively ban unlicensed protests and prevent demonstrations against their strict Islamic brands. The protest came weeks after individual reports by the United Nations, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, saying there have been credible allegations of extrajudicial killings of more than 100 people since the Taliban acquisition.
“I want to tell the world, tell the Taliban to stop killing. We seek freedom, justice, human rights,” said protester Niera Koahistani. In a statement read aloud by protester Laila Bassam, demonstrators called on the Taliban to “stop the criminal’s machine.”
Former soldiers and civil servants of the old regime were “directly threatened,” according to a statement, violating the Taliban’s amnesty in August. Protesters also expressed opposition to the ratchet restrictions faced by women under the Taliban’s control.
Over the weekend, the government released new guidelines prohibiting women from traveling long distances unless accompanied by close relatives. “Women’s rights are human rights. We must defend our rights,” Koahistani said.
A video footage posted online yesterday showed another woman’s protests held elsewhere in the capital, asking her to allow her education and work opportunities. – AFP
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