International outcry over public execution in Afghanistan

International outcry over public execution in Afghanistan

France, the US and the UN condemned in their statements, the first public execution of a convicted murderer, in Afghanistan, since the Taliban recaptured power in August 2021.

French diplomacy yesterday condemned “in the strongest terms” the public execution in Afghanistan of a convicted murderer, the first since the Taliban returned to power in the Southeast Asian country in August 2021.

“France condemns in the strongest possible way the public execution carried out (…) by the Taliban in Afghanistan,” says a press release released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“This appalling decision is in addition to many other violations of fundamental rights and freedoms committed by the Taliban against men and women in Afghanistan since they seized power by force in August 2021,” it continues.

The public execution came weeks after the Taliban’s top leader ordered the Sunni fundamentalist movement’s very strict interpretation of Islamic law to be implemented to the letter.

The man who was executed was accused of murdering a man in 2017 and stealing his motorcycle and mobile phone, according to a Taliban statement.

Judicial and Taliban officials attended the execution, according to a statement from Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid.

“France recalls its unwavering opposition to the death penalty anywhere and under any circumstances” and remains committed to the effort “for the universal abolition of this unjust and inhumane punishment,” added the press release from Kent d’Orsay.

During the days of the first Taliban regime (1996-2001), those sentenced to death were executed by firing squad or stoning, depending on their crimes.

State Department: The Taliban are not keeping their promises

On the occasion of the public execution of a convicted murderer in Afghanistan, the US diplomacy reported yesterday Wednesday that the Taliban are not keeping the commitments they made to the rest of the world.

“This shows, in our view, that the Taliban is seeking to return to the regressive and violent practices” they practiced “in the 1990s,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said during a news conference.

Strong condemnation also from the United Nations Organization

The United Nations has expressed its “deep concern” after the first public execution in Afghanistan since the Taliban retook power in August 2021.

“Our position has never changed. The UN opposes the death penalty (…). We call for a moratorium on the imposition of the death penalty in the Southeast Asian country, said Stephanie Treble, deputy representative of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, during a press conference.

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