‘Inclusive’ Taliban abolishes Afghanistan Human Rights Commission

The Taliban recently dissolved the Afghanistan Human Rights Commission along with four other departments established by the country’s previous US-backed government, the Khaama Press news agency reported on Tuesday, citing an original Reuters report.

A Taliban official confirmed to Reuters on May 16 that the group chose to dissolve five Afghan government departments due to a financial shortfall. The five departments included the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), the National Security Council, the Human Rights Commission, the Independent Commission to Monitor the Implementation of the Constitution (ICOIC), and the General Secretaries of the Afghan Republic. loya jirgaor great assembly.

“Because these departments were not considered necessary and were not included in the budget, they were disbanded,” Innamullah Samangani, a deputy spokesman for the Taliban, told Reuters.

“The departments that are not carrying out their activities are currently inactive. At any time, if necessary, they will be reactivated,” Bilal Karimi, another Taliban deputy spokesman, told Afghanistan’s Tolo News of his organization’s decision to disband government departments.

The Taliban announced the group’s first annual national budget for Afghanistan on May 14 since taking Kabul in August 2021. The announcement revealed that the beleaguered nation “faces a budget deficit of 44 billion Afghans ($501 million) this year.” prosecutor,” according to Reuters.

Taliban spokesman Samangani told the news agency on Monday that Afghanistan’s national budget was “based on objective facts” and earmarked only for departments that had been active and productive.

He added that Afghanistan’s dissolved government departments could be resurrected in the future “if necessary.”

The Taliban previously ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001 on the basis of sharia, or Islamic law, since the group was founded on a fundamentalist interpretation of Sunni Islam. The system saw the Taliban impose strict dress codes on women and girls, as well as prohibiting them from attending school or work or leaving their homes without a male escort.

The Taliban claimed, upon taking control of Afghanistan’s government headquarters in Kabul in August 2021, that they would observe a more moderate interpretation of sharia moving forward, even using the word “inclusive” to describe his future theoretical rule.

This rhetoric has proven hollow in recent months, as the Taliban re-imposed restrictions on Afghan women and girls, including a ban on girls pursuing an education beyond primary school age and a requirement that women wear burkas in public. AN burqa is an Islamic garment that covers the entire body of a woman that includes a mesh panel to cover her eyes.

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