Afghanistan: Despite a declared amnesty, Taliban forces in Afghanistan have summarily killed or forcefully vanished more than 100 former police and intelligence officers in only four districts since taking power on August 15, according to Human Rights Watch.
Between August 15 and October 31, 47 former members of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) - military soldiers, police, intelligence agency members, and militia - were killed or disappeared after surrendering to or being detained by Taliban forces. Human Rights Watch found credible information on over 100 killings in the provinces of Ghazni, Helmand, Kandahar, and Kunduz alone.
"The Taliban leadership's promised amnesty hasn't stopped local commanders from summarily executing or vanishing former Afghan security force members," said Patricia Gossman, Human Rights Watch's associate Asia director. "It is the Taliban's responsibility to prevent similar atrocities, hold those guilty accountable, and recompense the families of the slain." Human Rights Watch interviewed witnesses, family and friends of victims, former government officials, journalists, healthcare workers, and Taliban militants in person and over the phone in the four regions. Atrocity perpetrators "cannot be forgiven," according to a Taliban leader. Members of surrendering security force units have been instructed by the Taliban leadership to register in order to acquire a letter promising their protection. Taliban forces, on the other hand, have exploited these checks to jail and execute or forcefully disappear people within days of registering, leaving their bodies for relatives or communities to find.