The United Nations has condemned the Taliban’s “increasingly violent response” to differences, just weeks after the rapid occupation of Afghanistan.
The United Nations says Taliban fighters have killed four people during recent protests.
Demonstrations have taken place across Afghanistan since the fall of Kabul on August 15, demanding respect for women’s rights and greater freedoms.
The United Nations says Taliban fighters have used batons, whips and live ammunition against protesters.
A spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a statement: “We urge the Taliban to end the use of force and arbitrary detention of journalists who exercise their right to peaceful assembly and cover protests.”
Taliban fighters spread throughout Afghanistan in August, capturing provincial capitals and finally the capital, Kabul, in less than two weeks.
The United States then led a plane from the capital’s international airport, evacuating more than 120,000 people before withdrawing its forces on August 31.
The Taliban took control of Afghanistan after two decades of US military operations, after US and coalition forces ousted the group in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks.
The United States will mark the 20th anniversary of the attacks on Saturday.
Violent response is taken to a peaceful protest
UN spokeswoman Rowena Shamdasani criticized the Taliban’s crackdown on protests at a press briefing on Friday.
Protests have increased since August 15, he said. But on Wednesday, the Taliban banned unauthorized gatherings and on Thursday ordered telecommunications companies to shut down mobile internet in Kabul.
The group said it was important to listen to Afghan women and men on the streets “in times of extreme uncertainty”.
The press release also noted the deaths of at least four people in recent weeks – including a boy – and the violent dispersal of protesters.
He also criticized violence against journalists. Reporters told the BBC this week that they were killed, detained and flogged when the Taliban tried to cover up the protests.
The UN report comes amid growing concerns about Afghanistan in the wake of the Taliban’s occupation.
On Friday, the United Nations World Food Program said 93 percent of households in the country were not eating properly. Drought has exacerbated supply problems, causing a loss of about 40 percent of the wheat crop.
The Wall Street Journal reports that aid workers fear the entire population could fall into poverty in months.
And the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has warned that the country is facing a “genocide” in education after two decades of development, especially for girls.
America to remember 9/11 attacks
Unconfirmed reports suggest the Taliban plan to hold a ceremony to inaugurate their new government after announcing their leadership this week.
This is the day when the United States will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
About 3,000 people died that day. The Islamist militant group al-Qaeda masterminded the attack, led by Osama bin Laden – who was then under Taliban protection in Afghanistan.
Ken McCullum, director general of the British intelligence agency MI5, told the BBC that the Taliban’s occupation of Afghanistan could potentially “encourage” British terrorists.
President Joe Biden initially set a September 11 deadline for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, before the Taliban occupation forced the United States to speed up its withdrawal.
The first foreigner flew out of Kabul on Thursday after the US withdrawal. About 100 people – including British, American, Canadian and Dutch nationals – traveled to Doha on a Qatar Airways charter flight.
A second Qatar Airways flight from the Afghan capital arrived in Doha on Friday, reportedly carrying about 150 people. France has confirmed that it had 49 citizens on board.
The White House said 19 Americans were on board. He added that on Friday, another two Americans and 11 permanent residents left Afghanistan for a third country with the help of Washington.
However, Press Secretary Jane Psaki said the United States had temporarily suspended flights to the country for Afghan refugees, following the recent discovery of four cases of measles among arrivals.
Aukus| The French minister condemned the “lies” of the United States and Australia over the security agreement.
The French foreign minister has accused Australia and the United States of lying about a new security agreement that forced Paris to recall its ambassadors.
In an interview with France 2 television, Jean-Yves Le Drian also accused the countries of “double, a major breach of trust and contempt.”
The agreement, known as the Axis, will see Australia develop the technology to build nuclear-powered submarines.
The move thwarted France’s multibillion-dollar deal with Australia.
The agreement, which includes the United Kingdom, is widely seen as an attempt to counter China’s influence in the South China Sea.
France was notified just hours before the public announcement earlier this week.
Speaking on Saturday, Mr Le Drian said there was a “serious crisis” between allies.
“The fact that for the first time in the history of US-French relations we are recalling our ambassador for consultations is a serious political process, which has showed exacerbated the crisis between our countries,” he told France.
He said ambassadors were being called back to “review the situation”.
But he said France did not see a “need” to recall its ambassador to Britain, as it accused the country of “persistent opportunism”.
“Britain is a bit like the third wheel in all of this,” he said.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the agreement was “a lie, a duplicity, a major breach of trust”.
Newly-elected British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss defended the deal in an article in the Sunday Telegraph, saying it showed Britain’s readiness to be “tough” in defending its own interests.
The agreement means Australia will become only the seventh country in the world to run a nuclear-powered submarine. It will also see allies share cyber capabilities, artificial intelligence and other underwater technologies.
The announcement marks the end of a 37 37 billion (27 billion) deal France signed with Australia in 2016 to build 12 conventional submarines.
As he left Canberra on Saturday, French Ambassador Jean-Pierre Thibault called Australia’s decision to unilaterally terminate the agreement a “big mistake”.
China, meanwhile, has accused the three powers in the security pact of having a “Cold War mentality.”
A White House official has said the Biden administration will engage with France in the coming days to resolve their differences.
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said she understood the “disappointment” in France and hoped to work with the country to ensure it understood “the value we place on the bilateral relationship”.