Afghan women protest against Taliban killings of ex-servicemen

“I want to tell the world, tell the Taliban to stop killing,” said one protester. (file)


A mob of women marched in the Afghan capital on Tuesday, accusing Taliban officials of killing soldiers serving the former US-backed regime.

An AFP correspondent saw about 30 women gather near a mosque in the center of Kabul and walk a few hundred meters, chanting “justice, justice” before Taliban forces stop them.

According to social media invitations, the Taliban tried to prevent journalists from covering the march organized against “mysterious killings of young people, especially the country’s former soldiers”.

Taliban fighters briefly detained a group of journalists and confiscated the equipment of some photographers, removing images from their cameras before returning them.

He has effectively banned unrestricted protests since radicals returned to power in August and often intervenes to quell demonstrations against his fanatical brand of Islam.

The protests come weeks after separate reports by the United Nations, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said there were credible allegations of more than 100 extrajudicial killings since their takeover by the Taliban.

“I want to tell the world, tell the Taliban to stop killing. We want freedom, we want justice, we want human rights,” said Naira Kohistani, a protester.

In a statement read by demonstrator Laila Basam, the protesters called on the Taliban to “stop their criminal machine”.

The statement said former soldiers and government employees of the old regime are in “direct danger” for violating the general amnesty announced by the Taliban in August.

Protesters also objected to the ratcheting restrictions faced by women under the Taliban regime.

The government issued new guidelines over the weekend banning women from traveling long distances unless their close male relatives are with them.

“Women’s rights are human rights. We must protect our rights,” Kohistani said.

Video footage posted online on Tuesday showed protests by women elsewhere in the capital, which also called for women to be allowed opportunities for education and work.

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