Taliban dissolve Afghan human rights commission

Kabul, May 17 (EFE).- The Taliban government on Tuesday dissolved the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission along with four other institutions of power which did not receive an allocation in the annual budget due to their lack of activity.

Apart from the body, which monitored the human rights situation in Afghanistan, the Taliban terminated the Commission for the Supervision of the Implementation of the Constitution, the Senate, the parliament, and the Supreme National Reconciliation Council in Afghanistan, the government said in a statement.

“Since the budget of this year was based on the ground reality and allocated only for those organizations and departments that have been active and productive, these departments were not deemed necessary and were not included in the budget, they have been dissolved,” Inamullah Samangani, the deputy spokesperson of the Taliban government, told EFE.

He added that the bodies might be revived in the future if needed.

The order to dissolve the organizations was issued on Saturday by the Taliban’s supreme leader, Haibatullah Akhund, and later signed as a document by Prime Minister Hassan Akhund. The edict has come into effect from Tuesday.

The operation of the AIHRC and other institutions were suspended on Aug. 15, when the Taliban seized control of Kabul, after which their activities were not considered necessary.

The decision coincides with a an official visit by the United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Afghanistan, who is in the country to evaluate the human rights situation and “offer assistance” to discuss and prevent violations and abuses, as per a UN statement released on Friday.

The AIHRC, an independent organizations that followed the UN mandate, had in September expressed concern over its status in the country after the Islamists occupied its offices and blocked the work from resuming normally, making the task of protecting and monitoring the human rights in Afghanistan more difficult. EFE


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