“Taliban authorities in Afghanistan are committing the crime against humanity of gender persecution against women and girls,” Human Rights Watch said in a report on Friday.
The Islamic Emirate has yet to comment on this but has previously said that the rights of all citizens are preserved in an Islamic format.
“Coordinated support by concerned governments is needed to bring the Taliban leaders responsible to justice,” said Elizabeth Evenson, international justice director at Human Rights Watch.
HRW noted that ICC defines crimes against humanity as a range of prohibited acts committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population, with knowledge of the attack.
HRW said that its research on Afghanistan since 2021 has found that the crime against humanity of persecution targeting women and girls has been imposed through various written or announced decrees. “These decrees have placed severe restrictions on freedom of movement, expression, and association; prohibitions on virtually all employment; bans on secondary and higher education; and permitted arbitrary arrests and violations of the right to liberty,” the report said.
HRW noted that Afghanistan is a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. On October 31, 2022, the court authorized the ICC prosecutor to resume its investigation into the Afghanistan situation, which was first authorized in 2020.Follow TKG on Twitter & Facebook