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Ta-liban Attacking, Torturing Civilians in northern provinces, claims Council of Resistance for Salvation of Afghanistan

The Council of National Resistance for the Salvation of Afghanistan (CNRSA) claimed that the Taliban forces, fearing a widespread popular uprising, are attacking and torturing civilians in northern regions.

The Council of National Resistance for the Salvation of Afghanistan (CNRSA), in a declaration published on 2nd June 2022, claimed that the Taliban stepped up their attacks and repressive actions against civilians in various parts of Panjshir, Baghlan, Takhar, Khost, and Badakhshan provinces.

“In addition to their local forces, the Taliban have deployed a large number of professional fighters in Panjshir and Andarabs in Baghlan and Versaj in Takhar to suppress the people; and moved about 30,000 of their special forces’ fighters in villages and different areas of Panjshir, Andarab, Khost and Fereng regions of Baghlan. These forces have spared no action against human rights and war crimes in the war against the people,” read the declaration.
The CNRSA also said that the Taliban are constantly trying to get compulsorily guarantees from the people not to join the armed opposition and not to give them food and shelter, and in many of these areas, residents’ houses have been set on fire.

According to the declaration, a large number of defenseless people in Panjshir province have been detained, interrogated, tortured, and killed.
“Five people in Rashidi village of Qasan of Andarab district have been killed and 70 more families have been forcibly moved from their homes in the Pol-e Hissar area, stressing that they could not live in other nine northern provinces. They also killed 17 of them to rule out an environment of fear and intimidation to stop people from defending their lives and properties against Taliban aggression,” the declaration continued.
The Council of National Resistance claimed that the Taliban, despite their so-called general amnesty, arrested 11 former ANDSF personnel in the Ragh district of Badakhshan on charges of preparing for an armed uprising and killed 9 of them in front of the people and took two of them to Faizabad, Badakhshan and tortured them to death.

According to the declaration, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan Richard Bennett’s visit to Panjshir and Andarab district in Baghlan province to investigate human rights abuses has been obstructed which indicates that the Taliban are afraid of their crimes to be exposed publicly.

The Council of National Resistance for the Salvation of Afghanistan called on the international community, the United Nations, its Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International, and all international human rights organizations to condemn these crimes and put pressure on the Taliban to facilitate a thorough investigation into these cases.

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