According to a new United Nations report, 274 men, 58 women and two boys were punished in this way by militant Islamists during that period. This is a significant increase compared to the previous months.
“Corporal punishment is a violation of the Convention against Torture and must stop,” said UN Human Rights Director Fiona Frazer. According to the report, the majority of the defendants were charged with theft, alcohol consumption, fraud, drug smuggling, homosexuality or running away from home.
The Afghan Foreign Ministry, however, defends the public flogging. The punishments are necessary to ensure public safety. The Islamists took power in August 2021.
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