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November 24 2008 | AFGHANISTAN

Afghanistan

Taliban urge world to block executions

 
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Daily Times

Taliban urge world to block Afghan executions

KABUL: Afghanistan’s Taliban, notorious for summary public executions, urged the UN on Thursday to press the Afghan government to stop executing prisoners on death row, citing concern about fair trials. Afghanistan resumed executions this week after a break of more than a year with nine people, including three members of the Taliban, put to death for murder, rape and hostage taking. The executions followed a public outcry over rising crime. About 120 other people have been sentenced to death and their fate rests with President Karzai, who has to approve any execution order. A spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the law enforcement and judicial systems in Afghanistan currently fall far short of internationally accepted standards, adding misconduct by police and the judiciary had been well documented. The Taliban leadership council said it too was worried about fair trials. “We strongly request the UN, the EU, the Red Cross and human rights groups to earnestly prevent this barbaric act,” the Taliban said in a statement on their website. In their statement, the Taliban warned the government against more executions saying they would respond, but did not elaborate. Fed up with crime, many ordinary Afghans have called on the government to carry out death sentences.

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