On September 13, Zabihullah Mujahid, official spokesperson for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the Taliban’s government, denied allegations by Human Rights Watch (HRW) that Taliban forces have committed war crimes.
“We seriously reject the report of Human Rights Watch, which said that the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate allegedly committed war crimes,” Mujahid tweeted. “The organization should not base its reports on misinformation. They need to look closely at the areas and find out the facts.”
This is false. Far from "misinformation," the available evidence suggests the Taliban repeatedly violated human rights before and after its takeover of Afghanistan last month.
In early September, HRW gathered credible reports that Taliban security forces had cracked down on protesters, mostly female, in Kabul. Security forces targeted journalists covering the protests, detaining some of them, confiscating equipment and in some cases flogging them.
Taqi Daryabi and Nemat Naqdi of the Afghan news outlet Etilaat-e Roz were covering protests when Taliban fighters took them to a police station and beat them with cables.