Washington strongly reacts to reinstatement of strict punishments by Taliban

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Washington strongly reacted to reinstatement of strict punishments by the Taliban in Afghanistan, calling it gross abuses of human rights.

“We condemn in the strongest terms reports of reinstating amputations and executions of Afghans,” State Department Spokesperson, Ned Price, said in response to a question which was raised during a press briefing.

Price further added “Price further added The acts the Taliban are talking about here would constitute clear gross abuses of human rights, and we stand firm with the international community to hold perpetrators of these – of any such abuses accountable,”

“We stand with the Afghan people, especially with women, children, journalists, human rights defenders, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and members of minority groups, and demand that the Taliban immediately cease any such atrocious abuses,” he said, adding that the world is watching.

He also added that the international community is watching very closely, emphasizing that together we have consistently emphasized the importance of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for any future government in Afghanistan.

This comes as Taliban militants on Saturday killed four kidnappers and hanged their dead bodies from a crane in public in western Herat province of Afghanistan.

The public display of the corpses took place days after a senior Taliban leader vowed to reintroduce strict punishments, including amputations of thieves’ hands in a bid to enforce the rule of law in the country.

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