Afghan women demonstrated in Kabul on Tuesday, demanding respect for their rights.
A few dozen Afghan women demonstrated in Kabul on Tuesday to demand respect for their rights and an end to Taliban “killings” targeting members of the former regime, before being quickly interrupted by Islamist fighters.
The thirty young women, gathered near a large mosque in the center of the Afghan capital, were able to parade for a few hundred meters to cries of “Justice” before being stopped.
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The Taliban briefly detained several journalists covering the protest and confiscated their cameras and cameras, only returning them after having the footage erased.
“I ask the world: tell the Taliban to stop the killings,” one of the demonstrators, Nayera Koahistani, told AFP. “We want freedom, we want justice.”
“For the thousandth time, we want this group to stop its criminal machine. Former members of the military and government employees are directly threatened,” said another, Laila Basam.
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The slogan disseminated via social networks called for protest against the “mysterious murders of young people, particularly the country’s former soldiers”.
According to the United Nations and the NGOs Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, there are credible allegations of the summary execution or enforced disappearance of more than 100 former police and intelligence agents since the Taliban took power, mid August.
Another rally of women demanding respect for their rights to education and work was held simultaneously in Kabul.
Protests are mostly banned by the new rulers of Afghanistan, except on rare occasions when slogans are in their favor.
In search of international recognition, they are committed to governing less brutally than during their first reign (1996-2001), but women are still largely excluded from the public service and from access to secondary education.
The Taliban have also issued recommendations asking drivers not to drive long distances with women if they are unaccompanied.
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