US and West chide Taliban over tales of brutal killings and suppression

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The United States on leading a group of Western nations and allies against the brutal Taliban over the summary killings of former members of the Afghan security forces demands a quicker probe.

“We are deeply concerned about reports of summary killings and enforced disappearances of former members of the Afghan security forces as documented by Human Rights Watch and others,” a statement from the United States, the European Union, Australia, Britain, Japan and others said.

It also emphasised that the alleged actions constitute serious human rights abuses and also contradict the Taliban’s announced amnesty.

Besides, the group also called on Afghanistan’s new rulers to ensure that the amnesty is enforced and upheld across the country.

Early this week, Human Rights Watch had released a report that documents the summary execution or enforced disappearance of 47 former members of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

Moreover, there is a mention of other military personnel, police and intelligence agents who had surrendered to and were later apprehended by the Taliban forces from mid-August through October.

The group reiterates that the reported cases must be investigated. And those responsible must be held accountable.

The Taliban seized power in Afghanistan in August after the US-backed government in Kabul collapsed.

The United States has also held talks with Taliban officials earlier this week. There, it even urged the hardline Islamist group to provide access to education for women and girls across Afghanistan.

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