- Title: UN rights boss says has credible reports of Taliban executions
- Date: 24th August 2021
- Summary: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND (AUGUST 24, 2021) (REUTERS) CONFERENCE ROOM
- Embargoed: 7th September 2021 10:53
- Keywords: Afghanistan Bachelet UN rights
- Location: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
- City: GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA009ERN48QV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: The top U.N. human rights official Michelle Bachelet said on Tuesday (August 24) that she had received credible reports of serious violations committed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, including summary executions of civilians and restrictions on women and on protests against their rule.
Bachelet urged the U.N. Human Rights Council, holding an emergency session at the request of Pakistan and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), to set up a mechanism to closely monitor Taliban actions.
"A fundamental red line will be the Taliban's treatment of women and girls," she told the Geneva forum.
A senior Afghan diplomat from the deposed government called for accountability for Taliban actions, describing an "uncertain and dire" situation where millions of people fear for their lives amid reports of door-to-door searches.
Addressing an emergency session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ambassador Nasir Ahmad Andisha also called for the creation of a broad-based government that includes all of the country's ethnic groups and female representatives.
(Production: Lea Guedj)
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