A Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Rupert Colville called on all countries to provide the necessary assistance and support to Afghans in danger following the seizure of Afghanistan by Taliban fighters. Briefing notes on Afghanistan were published on the website of UN Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner.
"There have been many hard-won advances in human rights over the past two decades. The rights of all Afghans must be defended. We are particularly concerned about the safety of the thousands of Afghans who have been working to promote human rights across the country, and have helped improve the lives of millions," the message reads.
Taliban spokespeople have issued a number of statements in recent days, including pledging an amnesty for those who worked for the previous Government. They have also pledged to be inclusive. They have said woman can work and girls can go to school. "Such promises will need to be honoured, and for the time being -- again understandably, given past history -- these declarations have been greeted with some scepticism. Nevertheless, the promises have been made, and whether or not they are honoured or broken will be closely scrutinized," it is noted.
However, the UN promises to closely monitor whether the Taliban will abide by the word. It is stated that "there have been chilling reports of human rights abuses, and of restrictions on the rights of individuals, especially women and girls, in some parts of the country captured over the past few weeks. Such reports continue to be received. Unfortunately, for the time being, the flow of information has been considerably disrupted, and we have not been in a position to verify the most recent allegations."
Earlier, representatives of the European Parliament expressed concern that Russia and China could take advantage of the events in Afghanistan.