[Event] One Year of Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan: A Reflection on Human Rights Situations and Ways Forward
11 August 2022 9:51 am
Date: Tuesday, 16 August 2022
Time: 4.00 – 15.30 (GVA) / 16.30 – 18.00 (KBL) / 19.00 – 20.30 (BKK)
Venue: Zoom, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn
One year since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, the Taliban has applied a range of restrictive policies that completely deny and/or violate fundamental human rights, freedoms and human dignity affecting different groups of people across Afghanistan. Extra-judicial killings of former government employees, especially the security forces, ban on girls’ education and proscribing women’s mobility, enforced displacement of ethno-religious minorities, suppression of peaceful protests, torture, arrest, and family intimidation of W/HRDs and restriction of freedom of the press are just a few examples of Taliban’s suppression of human rights and freedoms in Afghanistan.
Taliban also dissolved the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), and many W/HRDs, journalists and those whose work are deemed as against Taliban values are in hiding and/or exile, fearing the Taliban’s retribution. Currently, only the UN offices and a few humanitarian organizations are able to operate on the ground. Yet, reportedly, even they are facing serious restrictions and interventions by the Taliban.
- Richard Bennett, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan
- Mary Lawlor, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
- Horia Mosadiq, Founder of Safety and Risk Mitigation Organization
- Aziz Rafiee, Managing Director of Afghan Civil Society Forum
- Farishta Sakhi, Afghanistan Human Rights Coordination Mechanism
- Nayera Kohistani, Women human rights defenders and protester
Moderated by: Ahmed Adam, United Nations Advocacy Manager, FORUM-ASIA
For more information or to set up an interview with any of the speakers, please contact FORUM-ASIA Communication and Media Programme at [email protected].