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Afghanistan: One year after Taliban takeover, human rights defenders at greater risk than ever

One year after the Taliban captured power in Afghanistan, conditions for human rights defenders, especially women, have further deteriorated, FORUM-ASIA, Front Line Defenders, FIDH and OMCT, four organisations members of Protect declared in a statement earlier this month. In August 2021, when the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan, they promised to respect human rights – including the rights of women and girls and media freedom. However, over the past year, they have carried out serious human rights violations and abuses and sought to suppress civil society, media freedom, and any form of dissent with complete impunity.

You can read the full statement here.