Following criticism over the public execution of a man, the Taliban on Thursday defended its actions. The Voice of America (VOA) reported that the Taliban on Thursday called international criticism of their public execution “reproachable” and “intervening” in Afghanistan’s internal affairs.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in a statement said their actions were criticized for a lack of information about Islam and Afghanistan. He emphasized that 99% of the people of Afghanistan are Muslim. Mujahid’s statement came after the United States and the United Nations criticized the Taliban for the public execution of a man.
Zabihullah Mujahid says they have sacrificed a lot to enforce Islamic law in Afghanistan. Defending the public execution, Zabihullah Mujahid said the death penalty was “given all over the world”, including in the US and Europe, according to VOA News.
“The fact that Afghanistan has been criticized for applying Islamic judgments shows that some countries and organizations lack understanding or problems with Islam and respect for Muslim beliefs and laws,” VOA News quoted VOA News as saying. said by Zabihullah Mujahid.
“This act is an interference in the internal affairs of countries and deserves to be blamed,” he added.
On Thursday, the Taliban Supreme Court announced the public spanking of 27 convicts, including nine women, in Parwan province. The Taliban Supreme Court’s decision comes a day after the first public execution of a man accused of murder since they took over Afghanistan last year.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed the public execution of a man. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the execution took place at a sports stadium in western Farah province on Wednesday, VOA News reports. He said that hundreds of people witnessed the execution, including top officials of the group, according to VOA News.
Zabihullah Mujahid said that the executed man was tried in Taliban courts and subsequent appeals courts. He testified that the executioner in court had “confessed to stabbing to death” a resident of Farah and stealing his belongings, including a motorbike. According to the spokesman, the execution was carried out by the father of the victim.
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) spokesman Jeremy Laurence in a statement said: “The death penalty is incompatible with fundamental human rights principles and its use is incompatible with full respect for the right to life.” Lawrence urged the Taliban to immediately put a moratorium on any further executions and act quickly to ban the use of the death penalty.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) echoed the message on social media. It tweeted, “The de facto authorities of Afghanistan announced the public execution of a man in Farah province today. The United Nations vehemently opposes the death penalty in all cases and calls on activists de facto instituting an immediate moratorium aimed at abolishing the death penalty.”
Meanwhile, the US also criticized the Taliban after reports of public executions emerged. US State Department spokesman Ned Price said, “We have seen reports that the Taliban have ordered judges to impose their interpretation of Sharia law. That includes public executions; it includes amputation; it includes spanking.”
While speaking at a press conference, Ned Price said: “We’ve seen despicable videos that have gone viral online in recent days involving some of these tactics. This shows us that The Taliban is seeking a return to the regressive and abusive practices of the 1990s. It was an affront to the dignity and human rights of all Afghans then; it would be an affront to dignity and human rights of all Afghans now.”
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