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DPPC Human Rights Report

The following is a list of atrocities that have occurred in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Each of these reports has been corroborated by trusted sources on the ground. Additional information is available upon request from the DPPC.

This report covers the period November 23 - December 7, 2021.

November 23, 2021, Ghazni, Illegal Detention: The head of the department of religious studies of Ghazni university has been taken away by gunmen who related themselves to the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate. His family claims that they have complained to the Taliban’s military commission regarding the incident but received no response.

November 24, 2021, Kapisa, Extrajudicial Killing: Two religious scholars were killed, and two others were wounded as they were attacked by unknown gunmen in Kapisa province. One of the victim’s brothers claims that the incident took place in the Reg-Rawan area and that the gunmen managed to escape the scene. Kapisa houses a large number of commanders of the national resistance front.

November 24, 2021, Baghlan, Extrajudicial Killing: A former local police officer was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Pul-e-Khumri, the provincial capital of Baghlan province last night (23rd November). Taliban’s provincial Director of Information and Culture (DoIC) confirmed the report said that the victim was shot dead by two gunmen on a motorcycle and called it a personal enmity. It is reported that the victim was a brother of a former commander of local police forces in the province.

November 25, 2021, Kunduz, Extrajudicial killing: Former Head of 2nd police district of Kunduz province was killed yesterday (24th November) in Khan Abad district of the province. Local sources report that he was kidnapped two weeks ago, and his dead body was found yesterday.

November 25, 2021, Baghlan, Extrajudicial Killing: A brother of a former local police commander of Pul-e-Khumri was beheaded by kidnappers in Baghlan province. Local sources report that he was kidnapped more than a month ago and his dead body was found two days ago (23rd November). The victim’s brother claims that they found the body in the Karkar desert and were severely tortured by the kidnappers.

November 25, 2021, Balkh, Extrajudicial Killing: Jawid Nazari and Sami Mujahid, security guards of Sayed Zahir Masroor and Ahmad Shah Ramazan, former Members of Parliament from Balkh province were mysteriously murdered in Mazar-e-Sharif. Local sources report that both the victims were kidnapped and later their dead bodies were found from the provincial hospital.

November 25 - December 3, 2021, Afghanistan, Extortion and Confiscation: Taliban insurgents continue to collect wheat, money, and their meals from farmers and shopkeepers, and civilians across the country under the pretext of Usher (tithes).

  • Takhar: the Taliban continue to extort their meals and tithes from people. While people are facing financial hardships, they claim that this act of Taliban puts them in further economic hardships.

  • Samangan: Taliban officials claim that they have not yet received any order regarding collecting Usher (tithes), but several farmers claim that Taliban insurgents have collected Usher from their yields occasionally. Meanwhile, Taliban officials claim that giving Usher is a religious task that has to be fulfilled.

  • Khost: People claim that the Taliban collect money, a part of their yields under the name of Usher (tithes). They add that despite facing economic difficulties, they are forced to give a portion of their yields and profits to the Taliban.

  • Uruzgan: Farmers claim that the Taliban continue to collect a portion of their yields or money under the Usher (tithes).

  • Nuristan: Farmers complain that the Taliban are extorting a portion of their yields under Usher (tithes). They claim that instead of receiving help from the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate, they are putting people in further economic hardships.

  • Farah: Farmers claim that they are forced to pay 2,500 AFN per thousand square meters of their lands as Usher (tithes).

  • Ghazni: Each family has paid 1,500 AFN to the Taliban insurgents as Usher (tithes).

  • Badakhshan: Farmers report that they give Usher (tithes) of their yields to the Taliban. They add that no specific amount of tithes has been set by the Taliban and that the farmers pay or give within their ability.

  • Ghor: A number of the Ghor residents complain about collecting tithes (Usher). They say they have been witnessing the collection of tithes for their farms and property by Taliban forces for several years. This concern is expressed by the people of Ghor while tithes are still being collected from local people and farmers with the establishment of the government of the Islamic Emirate.

  • Ghazni: A local source in Ghazni, who did not want to be named, said the Taliban had confiscated the home of a man named "Commander Qadam". Qadam is a retired military Commander of the previous government, but Qadam's two sons were former ANA members who left the country before the Taliban takeover. The source added that as soon as the local people and the elders of the area found out about the Taliban's action; They have appealed to the Ghazni governor, the police chief, and other relevant authorities regarding the issue, but they failed to do anything in this regard.

  • Badghis: The Taliban's Islamic Emirate in Badghis collects tithes (Ushur) and [Zakat] from the villagers and farmers. In the villages and districts of Badghis, people are forced to pay tithes (Ushur) to the forces of the Islamic Emirate. They say that they pay tithes and zakat on their property to the Taliban regularly. These farmers added that everyone is obliged to pay their tithes to the Taliban, and there are no exceptions.

  • Laghman: Farmers in Laghman province complain over Taliban collecting a portion of their yields. They claim that due to droughts and recent wars, their yields have declined and that they are facing financial hardships. Despite their problems, the Taliban continue to collect a portion of their yields under Usher (tithes).

November 26, 2021, Ghor, Extrajudicial killing: Naseer Ahmad Wakilzada, former chief of criminal investigation for Shahrak district of Ghor province was killed by unknown gunmen last night (25th November). Local sources report that unknown gunmen broke into his house at around 20:00 and have shot him dead.

November 27, 2021, Badghis, Selling Daughters: The sale of girls is on the rise in Qala-e-Naw and other districts of Badghis. It has now become a norm, and since the Taliban’s takeover, many families have been seen selling their daughters. Most of these families try to put their daughters on sell out of poverty.

November 27, 2021, Herat, Barring Women from Work: A number of women in Herat province who went to the Injil district office to carry out their administrative work were prevented from entering the district office by the forces of the Islamic Emirate. The women say they observed the Islamic hijab and wore a completely Islamic veil. However, the Taliban did not allow them to enter the district office.

November 27, 2021, Baghlan, Restricting Individual freedoms: The Islamic Emirate in Khost district of Baghlan province has issued a new decree to severely punish those who shave their beards and/or smoke cigarettes. Punishments range from beatings to imprisonment and fines. Those who do not attend congregational prayers and play volleyball would be punished as well.

November 28, 2021, Panjshir, Repression and Illegal Detention: A number of the Panjshir residents said the Taliban are imprisoning many people every day without any excuse. Residents of Panjshir province claim that there is no specific authority for us in order to appeal our complaints to them. The Taliban's repressive policy has going on in Panjshir since the time the group reached power.

November 30, 2021, Kapisa, Harassment and Illegal Search: Residents of Kapisa say the Taliban have seized their mobile phones at checkpoints and looked into their private family photos and messages. They added that if anyone denied the Taliban's order, they would be beaten.

November 30, 2021, Helmand, Extrajudicial Killing: A source that didn’t want to be named said that Nawid Ahmad, a young man was arrested and beaten to death by forces affiliated with the General Directorate of Intelligence Agency in Helmand province.

November 30, 2021, Ghazni, Illegal Detention: A local source in Ghazni says that the Islamic Emirate Forces arrested Haji Mohammad Hussein, known as Haji Sufi, three days ago from the front of his house in the town of Nawabad. Haji Sufi is about 65 years old who did not have any government position before. The source says that the Taliban took him away because his son had worked in the military of the previous regime and demanded weapons from him.

December 1, 2021, Paktia, Extrajudicial Killing: A former military officer was killed by unknown gunmen in the Koz Alisangi area of Zazai Aryub district of Paktia province last night (30th November). Local sources say that the victim named Muser Khan was shot dead in front of his house and had no personal enemy. This is while the killing of civilians and former military forces by unknown gunmen has increased in the province.

December 1, 2021, Uruzgan, Restricting Freedoms: Taliban have restricted women from going out of home without their Mahram (male family chaperon). Taliban’s department of Amr bil Marouf (Promoting Virtue and Preventing Vice – Sharia Police) has ordered people to prevent women of their families from going out of the home. In addition, they have restricted boys from shaving their beards and urged them to wear Taliban-like hats. Moreover, the department has ordered all shopkeepers to close their shops at prayer times and attend their prayers in mosques. They added that anyone found neglecting these regulations will be strictly dealt with. Meanwhile, People in Ghor province claim that since yesterday (30th November), the Taliban have posed restrictions on shaving beards and playing music. The department of Amr bil Marouf has ordered people to grow beards and to avoid listening to music.

December 2, 2021, Ghazni, Extrajudicial Killing: A famous amulet writer was killed by unknown gunmen in Ghazni province. Sheikh Arif, a famous amulet writer was taken away by unknown gunmen from his home last night (1st December). His corpse with bullet marks was found the next day.

December 3, 2021, Takhar, Violence and Harassment: Taliban insurgents under the command of Chah Ab’s deputy district governor and Chief of Police raided and attacked a wedding ceremony in the district. Local sources report that they have severely beaten several people including women led to their hospitalization.

December 3, 2021, Helmand, Public Punishment and Shaming: The Taliban continue their extrajudicial punishments and public shaming of alleged criminals. In a recent incident, Taliban insurgents in Musa Qala District have publicly punished several robbers arrested in the past month. A Taliban official told people that the purpose of this act is to educate others to prevent such crimes.

December 4, 2021, Faryab, Extrajudicial Killing: The dead body of a twenty-two-year-old man was found in Faryab province. The victim, a resident of Maimana city, the provincial capital of Faryab was reportedly killed by a gunshot.

December 4, 2021, Balkh, Extrajudicial Killing: Local sources in Balkh province report that Abdul Malik Ahmadi, a former officer of the National Security Directorate (NDS) was mysteriously murdered in Mazar-e-Sharif.

December 5, 2021, Uruzgan, Public Shaming: A woman was forced by the Taliban to ride a donkey and roam around the Gizab district in Uruzgan as a public punishment for adultery.

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