No Mercy: Taliban Publicly Lashes Over 60

The United Nations has condemned the Taliban after the ultraconservative administration publicly flogged more than 60 people, including more than a dozen women, in the northern Afghanistani province of Sari Pul.

At least 63 people were lashed on June 4th by the country’s de facto authorities, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said in a statement, condemning the Taliban’s use of corporal punishment and calling for respect for international human rights obligations.

Taliban’s Supreme Court confirmed the public flogging of 63 people, including 14 women who have been accused of crimes including sodomy, theft, and immoral relations. The accused were flogged at a sports stadium.

Separate statements by the Taliban’s Supreme Court said a man and a woman were convicted of adultery and tried to run away from home. They were flogged in the northern province of Panjsher on June 5th.

Earlier this year, the Taliban publicly executed a man convicted of murder as thousands watched at a stadium in the northern province of Jawzjan. The brother of the murdered man shot the convicted five times with a rifle. 

Despite promises of a more moderate rule, the Taliban began carrying out severe punishments with their return to power, which were reminiscent of those seen during the Taliban’s first stint in the late 1990s.

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