UPDATED 12:09 PM PT – Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Leaders of the Taliban said they are working to form an Islamic government in Afghanistan. On Tuesday, a Taliban political spokesman said the group sees “the holy Islamic system” as the main guarantee of Afghanistan’s independence moving forward.
The statement comes after a three-day conference of Taliban leaders in the city of Kandahar, but few details have been made available so far. The Taliban previously promised to include all political movements as part of the new government and to protect women’s rights.
“As for women, they can have their basic rights as per Islamic rules,” said Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban’s Political Office in Doha.
However, the UN said the Taliban may not be able to uphold political freedoms and human rights.
“We have explained at length why we believe that there is an urgent need to set up an independent mechanism to investigate all violations and abuses by the Taliban, and all other parties to the conflict to promote accountability and to monitor the human rights situation on the ground,” said Ambassador Elisabeth Tichy-Fisslberger.
I’m deeply concerned about the situation in Afghanistan & urge the Taliban & all others to exercise utmost restraint to protect lives & ensure humanitarian needs can be met.
The @UN remains determined to contribute to a peaceful settlement & promote human rights of all Afghans.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) August 15, 2021
Taliban officials also vowed to implement Sharia Law in Afghanistan, sparking new concerns about the country’s political future.