Saturday, September 25, 2021

But then will the US stop all executions in its own nation?

US criticises Taliban’s plan to reintroduce executions, amputations

US STATE Department spokesperson Ned Price said yesterday that Washington condemns comments by a Taliban official who said the group would restore the use of amputations and executions as punishment in Afghanistan.

Briefing reporters by phone, Price responded to Taliban leader Mullah Nooruddin Turabi’s comments to the Associated Press, saying the punishments “would constitute clear gross abuses of human rights”.

“We stand firm with the international community to hold perpetrators of these, of any such abuses, accountable,” Price said.

Washington has said any potential recognition of the new Taliban-led Government in Kabul, which replaced the Western-backed Government that collapsed last month, would depend on respect for human rights,

“We are watching very closely,” Price said, “and not just listening to the announcements that come out but watching very closely on how the Taliban conducts itself.” – Sept 25, 2021


  1. There is a huge difference between summary executions carried out by an AK-47 armed mob, and years and years of exhaustive and exhausting legal process for the most serious crimes.

    But then again I am well aware you have completely lost your bearings amidst your all consuming antipathy towards the Yanks

  2. As Usual it is the Anglos who Step Up to Help Poor Afghans. 5000 yo Bullylanders just hide in their Embassy, Lecture and Pontificate. See lah, when Female Judges start disappearing blood will be on whose hands?

    QC calls on UK to support female judges at risk in Afghanistan
    Government urged to give sanctuary to hundreds of female judges and lawyers living under the Taliban
    Diane Taylor and Dan Sabbagh
    21 Sep 2021

    Helena Kennedy QC has launched an urgent appeal to provide support to judges along with lawyers, women’s rights activists, human rights defenders and their families at risk in Afghanistan and in need of a safe haven abroad.

    As part of the #EvacuateHer campaign, Lady Kennedy has also launched a petition calling on the UK government to provide sanctuary to Afghan judges and lawyers at risk. The Afghan Relocation and Assistance Policy (Arap) initially stated judges were eligible under the scheme but no longer includes this group.

    The campaign is one of many attempts to help the hundreds of women who have sat as judges in Afghanistan. In the past 20 years, about 270 women have sat as judges – about one-tenth of the country’s judiciary.

    Their cases have included many the Taliban would consider as a direct challenge to their authority – liberating women from marriages where they found themselves enslaved, freeing women from situations of domestic violence and upholding the right of girls and women to education and careers. Some have been involved in ordering the imprisonment of members of the Taliban and terrorists from Islamic State and other organisations. Speaking from a hiding place in Kabul, one judge told the Guardian: “It was not easy to become a female judge in Afghanistan. But now the Taliban have taken everything from us – our job, our family and our security. I cannot sleep because I am not sure if I will be alive tomorrow. The Taliban can enter my house and kill me at any time. They believe it is against Islam for a woman to be a judge. I want the British government to help us today. Tomorrow may be too late for us.”

    Helena Kennedy QC has launched a petition calling on the UK government to provide sanctuary to Afghan judges and lawyers as part of the #EvacuateHer campaign. Photograph: Alicia Canter/The Guardian
    Judge Anisa Dhanji, representing the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), said: “Our current efforts are focused, of course, on the judges who remain in Afghanistan and in trying to help to evacuate them, especially those who, because of their ethnicity, type of work or their individual profiles, are at exceptional risk. A group from the IAWJ board and other members have been working in shifts 24/7 on these efforts for more than a month now.

    “It has been extremely difficult, and often heartbreaking, when after days of intense efforts, hopes are dashed at the last minute, because of one obstacle or another. ”..

    ..“It’s hard to put into words my grief for my sister. The lives of female judges have been stolen,” she said. “They say they Taliban have changed. They have changed. Twenty years ago they whipped women in the street and sent them home. Now they shoot them and send them to their graves.”

    Marzia Babakarkhail, a former judge in Afghanistan whose life was twice threatened by the Taliban, has been settled in the UK for several years. She is in contact with many of the female judges in hiding in Afghanistan and is lobbying MPs to help bring them to safety.

    “Afghanistan is burning and all the women are on fire,” she said.

    Dhanji added: “As women judges, they are at particular risk because they have had the temerity to sit in judgment on men … Judges have sent us specific details of the threats they have received, some to the effect that ‘Now you have no power, and we will find you.’”

    1. Wakakakakaka…

      Why just the female judges?

      Why not all Afghans?

      Oooop… auntie pommie has been taught a hard & unforgettable lesson when led by the Yankee nose!

  3. Telly-ban Justice, So Cruel and Zalim. But 5000 yo Bully say “Don’t interfere, this is their way, we will still be Fren Fren With Them”.

    Afghanistan: Taliban hang bodies as warning in city of Herat, say reports

    The Taliban are said to have have hung the dead bodies of four alleged kidnappers in public in the western city of Herat in an apparent warning.
    The gruesome display came a day after a notorious Taliban official warned that extreme punishments such as executions and amputations would resume.

    The men were killed in a gun battle after allegedly seizing a businessman and his son, a local official said.

    News agency AP was told a body was hung from a crane in the city centre.

    Wazir Ahmad Seddiqi, a local shopkeeper, told the agency that four bodies were brought to the square, one was hung there and the three other bodies were moved to other squares in the city to be displayed.

    The deputy governor for Herat, Maulwai Shair Ahmad Emar, was quoted by local media as saying that Taliban fighters had tracked the alleged kidnappers down and killed all of them in a firefight.

    1. Well, why just shouts & cries?

      Send in the clowns (ooop… those 'humanitarian' soldier boys) AGAIN lah!

      Don't just criticise. Do yr f*cking altruistic act for the suffering Afghans pronto!