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Afghanistan: Homicide

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 94453, tabled on 16 December 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment she has made of the potential implications for her policies of reports of extra-judicial killings in Afghanistan, including of former Afghan National Security Forces linked to the British military.

Answered on

5 January 2022

We are closely tracking allegations that the Taliban have engaged in the targeted killing of former members of the Afghan security forces. On 5 December, the UK, along with the EU and 20 countries, joined a US-led statement condemning the alleged killings and calling on the Taliban to honour their commitment to offer amnesty to former security forces and government officials. In our contacts with the Taliban, we have pressed them to take action against anyone engaging in reprisals. We will continue to work with international partners to hold the Taliban accountable for their actions, including through the appointment of a UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Afghanistan.

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