The top UN human rights official said on Tuesday (August 24) that there are credible reports of “summary executions” and serious violations by the Taliban, adding that the treatment of women would be “a fundamental red line”.
“There are grave fears for women, for journalists and for the new generation of civil society leaders who have emerged in the past years,” Michelle Bachelet told a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on Afghanistan.
The Taliban vowed Tuesday (last week) to respect women’s rights, forgive those who fought them and ensure Afghanistan does not become a haven for terrorists as part of a publicity blitz aimed at reassuring world powers and a fearful population, AP reported.
Taliban try to portray themselves as more moderate than when they imposed a strict form of Islamic rule in the late 1990s.
However, many Afghans remain skeptical and thousands have raced to the airport in attempt to desperately flee the country.