September 27, 2022

The rights group says the Taliban has failed to guard Hazaras and different at-risk communities.

An affiliate of the ISIL (ISIS) armed group in Afghanistan has focused Hazaras – a predominantly Shia Muslim ethnic group – and different minorities, in a wave of assaults at mosques, faculties and workplaces, undermining the Taliban’s promise of higher safety, the Human Rights Watch stated in a report on Tuesday.

The Islamic State of Khorasan Province, ISKP (ISIS-Okay) has repeatedly attacked spiritual minorities, with the Taliban authorities doing little to guard them from assaults or to supply vital medical care and different help to victims and their households, the group stated in a scathing report.

The Taliban have claimed that they introduced safety to Afghanistan after taking up management in August 2021following the US army’s withdrawal. However ISKP’s continued assaults in opposition to Hazara Muslims, Sufis, Sikhs and different minorities undercut that Taliban narrative.

“For the reason that Taliban takeover, ISIS-linked fighters have dedicated quite a few brutal assaults in opposition to members of the Hazara neighborhood as they go to highschool, to work, or to hope, with out a severe response from the Taliban authorities,” stated Fereshta Abbasi, Afghanistan researcher at HRW.

“The Taliban have an obligation to guard at-risk communities and help the victims of assaults and their households.”

For the reason that Taliban’s return to energy, the ISKP has claimed accountability for 13 assaults in opposition to Hazaras and has been linked to a minimum of three extra, killing and injuring a minimum of 700 folks, the rights group stated.

The group additionally stated that the Taliban’s personal crackdown on the media means extra assaults have seemingly gone unreported. The United Nations Help Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported that latest assaults by the group on Shia gatherings in Kabul killed and injured greater than 120 folks, HRW stated.

ISKP emerged as the most important safety menace

The ISKP has emerged as the most important safety problem to the Taliban, which already confronted starvation stalking the nationthe Afghan economic system in freefall after billions of {dollars} of Afghan funds have been frozen and worldwide diplomatic isolation.

The New York-based rights advocacy group remotely interviewed 21 survivors of assaults, and relations of victims, in Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif provinces between April and July, utilizing safe communications.

Based on the group, the assaults, past their rapid devastation, take a horrible long-term toll on the survivors and households of victims, depriving them of breadwinners, typically imposing extreme medical burdens, and limiting their entry to day by day life.

“We don’t ship our kids to highschool any extra, and we shut our retailers early,” stated a person who misplaced his 45-year-old brother within the Seh Dokan Mosque assault. “The mosque has additionally been closed for the reason that assault.”

Despair and extreme trauma have been reported by survivors and family members of victims. Girls additionally stated that dropping their partner or “mahram” (male family member) has meant extra dire social and financial penalties, particularly as Taliban restrictions on their freedoms have made it tough to earn a residing and change into financially impartial.

The Taliban’s failure to supply safety to at-risk populations and medical and different help to survivors and affected households exacerbates the hurt these assaults trigger, HRW stated.

“Armed group leaders might, at some point, face justice for his or her atrocities in opposition to Hazaras and different communities,” Abbasi stated. “Taliban officers who fail to take motion to guard spiritual minorities from assault could also be complicit in these grave crimes.”

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