Afghan captives held by the Taliban have been subjected to abuse, ill-treatment and actions that will quantity to torture, the UN stated.
The UN Help Mission in Afghanistan stated on Sunday it interviewed 13 detainees from a bunch of 53 just lately rescued from the Taliban.
The group primarily consisted of members of the Afghan forces but additionally civilians and authorities officers.
The group was freed on April 25 when Afghan troops raided a Taliban-run detention facility within the Khas Uruzgan district in southern Uruzgan province.
A lot of the captives had been held since 2018, with three since 2016, the UNAMA assertion stated, including they had been saved in poor circumstances and subjected to compelled labour.
It cites the detainees as saying that the Taliban killed a few of their captives.
“I’m gravely involved about these critical allegations of ill-treatment, torture and illegal killing of civilians and safety personnel, in addition to the deplorable circumstances of detention,” stated Tadamichi Yamamoto, the pinnacle of UNAMA.
The detainees had been shackled whereas in captivity and nearly all stated they had been overwhelmed.
The Taliban instructed them it was punishment for supporting the federal government, working with the US or preventing the armed group.
The UN assertion comes as Washington’s peace envoy, Zalmay Khalilzad is urgent forward with talks with the Taliban, who refuse to barter instantly with the Kabul authorities.
The talks up to now have centered on a timetable for US troop withdrawal in addition to Taliban ensures that they will not harbour “terror” teams or enable Afghanistan for use as a staging floor for world assaults.
Because the warfare approaches its 18th 12 months, 14,000 US troops are nonetheless in Afghanistan, and senior US intelligence officers have repeatedly warned that the nation stays fragile.
The UN stated in its quarterly report in April that between January and March 2019, armed teams killed 227 civilians and injured 736 others.
In distinction, Afghan and worldwide safety forces killed 305 folks and injured 303, a 39 p.c leap from the identical interval final 12 months.
Throughout the identical interval, aerial operations by each Afghan and worldwide army forces brought on 145 deaths, half of them girls and youngsters, UNAMA stated.
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