The United Nations (UN) on Monday released a new report stating that 274 men, 58 women and two boys have been publicly flogged in the last six months in Afghanistan.
In the report, the vast majority of convicts were punished for offenses such as “Zina” (extramarital relationships), running away from home, theft, homosexuality, consuming alcohol, fraud and drug trafficking.
In general, punishments consisted of 30 to 39 lashes per convicted person.
In addition, the UN has recorded one instance of judicially sanctioned execution, which was conducted in public and in the presence of senior officials in December as the individual had been convicted of stabbing and killing a man in 2017.
“Corporal punishment is a violation of the Convention against Torture and must cease.’’
Fiona Frazer, the Chief of UNAMA Human Rights in Kabul said the UN is strongly opposed to the death penalty and encourages the DFA [de facto authorities] to establish an immediate moratorium on executions.
Responding to the UN report, the Taliban’s Foreign Ministry said in a letter that the convicts had been punished based on Islamic criminal law.
It added that the punishments were needed to ensure complete security and a safe environment for the people.
“Each political system has its own standards and approaches to distinguish from each other,” the ministry responded.
“The Islamic Emirate is carrying out all its activities in light of the holy religion of Islam and is fully committed to it.’’ (dpa/NAN)