UNAMA condemns public flogging by Taliban in Sar-e Pul

KABUL, Afghanistan — The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has condemned the public flogging of dozens of people by the Taliban in Sar-e Pul province.

In a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, UNAMA called on the Taliban to adhere to international human rights obligations. “Sixty-three people were publicly lashed in Sar-e Pul yesterday by Afghanistan’s de facto authorities,” the statement read. “UNAMA reiterates its condemnation of corporal punishment and calls for respect for international human rights obligations.”

On Tuesday, the Taliban flogged dozens of people, including 14 women, on charges of “sodomy, robbery, and inappropriate relations” in a public sports stadium in Sar-e Pul province.

The Taliban’s use of corporal punishment has frequently drawn strong reactions from human rights organizations. Despite this, the Taliban continues its policies, citing Sharia law as justification.