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[Event] One Year of Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan: A Reflection on Human Rights Situations and Ways Forward

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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.



  1. Richard Bennett, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan
  2. Mary Lawlor, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders
  3. Horia Mosadiq, Founder of Safety and Risk Mitigation Organization
  4. Aziz Rafiee, Managing Director of Afghan Civil Society Forum
  5. Farishta Sakhi, Afghanistan Human Rights Coordination Mechanism
  6. 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].