2021-10-07 21:04:30 UN to appoint special rapporteur to monitor rights in Afghanistan | Taliban News
UN to appoint special rapporteur to monitor rights in Afghanistan | Taliban News
The rapporteur will be in charge of monitoring the country’s human rights situation following the Taliban’s takeover.
The United Nations has voted to appoint a new special rapporteur on Afghanistan to investigate violations committed by the Taliban and other conflict parties, amid growing concerns about the erosion of civil rights as the country transitions to a “Islamic emirate.”
On Thursday, the United Nations Human Rights Council approved a resolution proposed by the European Union to have a special rapporteur working on the ground in March 2022, with the support of UN experts in legal analysis, forensics, and women’s rights.
At the forum of 47 countries, 28 countries voted in favor, 14 abstained, and five voted against. The motion was opposed by China, Pakistan, Russia, Eritrea, and Venezuela.
“This is an essential step to ensure continued monitoring, through a dedicated and independent expert, and to help prevent a further deterioration of the human rights situation in Afghanistan,” said Lotte Knudsen, the EU’s ambassador to the UN in Geneva.
“We are particularly concerned about the rights of women and girls.” The Taliban’s actions against women and girls, as well as their violations of their rights, are extremely concerning.”
Amnesty International has applauded the decision, stating that an independent, international investigative mechanism with the authority to document and gather evidence for future prosecutions is critical to ensuring justice.
Last month, 50 organizations urged UN member states to establish a fact-finding mission or other independent investigative mechanism in Afghanistan.
Amnesty International has accused the Taliban of war crimes, including targeted killings of civilians and surrendered soldiers, as well as the blockade of humanitarian supplies.
These include the assassination of at least 11 Hazara ethnic Afghan forces members in the central province of Daykundi, shortly after the Hazara ethnic group took power in Afghanistan.
“We hope that with this additional support, the mandate will provide effective monitoring and investigations into the many crimes under international law and human rights violations being committed in Afghanistan,” said Agnes Callamard, secretary general of Amnesty International, in a statement.
“Given the rapidity with which the situation on the ground is evolving, it is critical that a mandate holder be appointed as soon as possible and be provided with all necessary resources to carry out their duties.”
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has been mandated by the Security Council to monitor the situation until March, when the special rapporteur is scheduled to take over.
While no governments have rushed to recognize the Taliban, it is widely acknowledged that some form of cooperation with the group is required.
Last month, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi stated that the Taliban are open to dialogue and engagement on human rights issues, including women’s and minorities’ rights.
Grandi has urged countries around the world to work with the Taliban’s interim government in Afghanistan or risk a “humanitarian crisis” caused by the state’s collapse.