Kabul, July 20
Afghans shared accounts of violence linked to the Taliban on social media with the hashtag phrase ‘do not redeem the Taliban’ as anxiousness grows because the United States withdraws troops and makes an attempt to usher peace talks with the militant group.
The accounts of alleged violence and human rights abuses with the hashtag phrase in Dari that means ‘do not redeem the Taliban’ have been shared greater than 1,00,000 occasions on Twitter.
Kabul-based Twitter person Ejaz Malikzada, 26, mentioned the message had gained traction as Afghan social media customers sought to remind overseas powers to not sacrifice achievements on human rights made in the previous couple of many years.
“By participating in this hashtag I want to tell those foreigners who insist on starting peace talks in Afghanistan, they have ignored or forgotten the crimes and violence committed by the Taliban against Afghan people,” he mentioned.
Though thousands and thousands of Afghans haven’t any entry to Twitter, for a lot of, social media actions enable folks to voice their issues and share their grief from distant components of the nation.
The Taliban have carried out assaults which have killed hundreds of civilians across the nation as they waged an insurgency since their ouster from energy.
The Taliban claimed duty for plenty of assaults this month, the newest final week when a automobile bomb exploded at a authorities compound.
During their 1996-2001 rule they enforced their strict interpretation of Islamic regulation beneath which ladies have been barred from schooling or leaving the home and not using a male family member.
The group say they’ve modified their method to ladies’s rights and operations by authorities and overseas forces have additionally killed many civilians.
But many Afghans and human rights activists stay sceptical, saying they’re involved that impending US-brokered peace talks, aimed toward ending greater than 18 years of battle, is not going to embrace enough safety of human rights if the rebel group returns to a job in formal energy.
Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen mentioned he suspected the social media marketing campaign was resulting from ‘anti-peace components’ and that “no legitimate rights will be lost” throughout peace talks. Reuters