UN chief cautions Taliban on its offensive in Afghanistan
Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General has called on the Taliban to immediately halt using military force as that can only lead to prolonged civil war and the complete isolation of the war-torn nation.
“Afghanistan is spinning out of control. Even for a country that has tragically known generations of conflict, Afghanistan is in the throes of yet another chaotic and desperate chapter, an incredible tragedy for its long-suffering people,” the UN chief said on Friday.
Guterres said directing attacks against civilians is a serious violation of international humanitarian law and amounts to a war crime, calling for perpetrators to be held accountable.
The UN chief added that he was “deeply disturbed” by early indications that the Taliban are imposing severe restrictions on human rights in the areas under their control, particularly targeting women and journalists. “It is particularly horrifying and heartbreaking to see reports of the hard-won rights of Afghan girls and women being ripped away from them.”
Guterres said that in the last month alone, more than 1,000 people have been killed or injured from indiscriminate attacks against civilians, notably in Helmand, Kandahar and Herat provinces.
“The fighting between the Taliban and Afghan security forces in urban environments is causing tremendous harm,” he said adding that at least 241,000 people have been forced to flee from their homes and humanitarian needs are growing by the hour.
At the moment Taliban has finally claimed victory after taking over the capital Kabul, bringing to a swift end almost 20 years of a US-led coalition’s presence in the country.
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