700 Killed, 1406 Injured Since Taliban Takeover: UNAMA Report

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released a report on Wednesday that documented human rights situations in Afghanistan over the 10 months since the Taliban group seized control of the country.

The report summarizes UNAMA’s findings with regards to the protection of civilians, extrajudicial killings, torture and ill-treatment, arbitrary arrests and detentions, the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan, fundamental freedoms and the situation in places of detention.

Despite an overall, significant reduction in armed violence, between mid-August 2021 and mid-June 2022, UNAMA has recorded 2106 civilian casualties (700 killed, 1406 wounded). The majority of civilian casualties are attributed to targeted attacks by the armed group Islamic State of Khurasan Province (ISKP) against ethnic and religious minority communities in public places such as schools, mosques and other gathering places.

“It is beyond time for all Afghans to be able to live in peace and rebuild their lives after 20 years of armed conflict. Our monitoring reveals that despite the improved security situation since 15 August, the people of Afghanistan, in particular women and girls, are deprived of the full enjoyment of their human rights,” said Markus Potzel, Acting Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan.

“The education and participation of women and girls in public life is fundamental to any modern society. The relegation of women and girls to the home denies Afghanistan the benefit of the significant contributions they have to offer. Education for all is not only a basic human right, it is the key to the progress and development of a nation,” said the UN envoy.