Taliban refutes claims made in HRW report on Afghanistan – Times of India

Kabul: Taliban-led government Afghanistan The US has denied a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) that says the fall of the country’s new regime has intensified the human rights crisis and humanitarian devastation.
In a statement on Friday, Taliban deputy spokesperson Bilal Karimi Alleged that the human rights situation in the country has improved as compared to previous years, reported Tolo News.
“We deny this because since the Islamic Emirate came to power, women’s rights have been upheld. These reports are published on the basis of false information,” Karimi said.
HRW in its World Report 2022 released on Thursday said that the political change in Afghanistan on August 15, 2021 intensified the human rights crisis and humanitarian devastation in Afghanistan.
The report further noted that the two most important achievements of women’s rights and a free press after 2001 were withdrawn after the Taliban takeover.
HRW also expressed concern over what it calls further sanctions against women.
“These included measures to severely curtail access to employment and education, and to restrict the right to peaceful assembly,” the report said.
Responding to the report, Naveda KhurasaniOne women’s rights activist said: “The Islamic Emirate has banned many female workers from going to work. So, what should the women who are the breadwinners of the family do now?”
The narrowing of space for media and journalists to operate is another point highlighted by HRW as a result of political change, which it says has led to self-censorship and closure of many media outlets in the country. “Many media outlets have closed or greatly reduced their reporting, partly because many journalists fled the country,” the report said.
The report also noted that the fall of the former government and subsequent political developments worsened the humanitarian devastation in Afghanistan, as the country’s central bank assets were frozen overseas, development aid was cut and banking The system was disrupted.
“Junior job posts should be formed. There should be investment in banking system to counter the economic situation in the country,” said Khwaja Faheem Abbasi, a political analyst.
In the 753-page report, HRW reviewed human rights practices in nearly 100 countries.
The report described the human rights situation in Afghanistan as a “crisis”.