The United States condemns the Taliban’s reported plan to resume executions and amputations.

According to US State Department spokesperson Ned Price, Washington strongly condemns reported comments by a Taliban official who said the group would reinstate the use of amputations and executions as punishment in Afghanistan.

Price told reporters over the phone that the punishments “would constitute clear gross violations of human rights,” in response to Taliban leader Mullah Nooruddin Turabi’s comments to the Associated Press.

“We stand firm with the international community to hold perpetrators of these, of any such abuses, accountable,” Price said.

Washington has said any potential recognition of the new Taliban-led government in Kabul, which replaced the Western-backed government that collapsed last month, would depend on respect for human rights,

“We are watching very closely,” Price said, “and not just listening to the announcements that come out but watching very closely as the Taliban conducts itself.”

 

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