UN’s Bennett to release report on human rights Afghanistan on Feb. 29

UNITED NATIONS — Richard Bennett, the UN special rapporteur for human rights in Afghanistan, announced he will release a comprehensive report on Afghanistan’s human rights situation, including the status of women and girls, on Feb. 29.

During an online discussion on X’s Space regarding the Taliban’s detention of women and girls, hosted by Shahmana, a rights body, Bennett stated the report would cover the broader human rights landscape in Afghanistan.

“I am also addressing other human rights areas. The report will be publicized online a few days before my address to the Human Rights Council,” he said.

Taliban has notably increased restrictions on women’s rights, media freedoms, and overall human rights, prompting international concern.

Recent actions include intensified crackdowns and detentions of numerous women and girls for alleged “bad hijab.”

In his earlier reports, the UN special rapporteur expressed serious concerns about human rights violations, women’s rights abuses, freedom of speech restrictions, and reports of extrajudicial killings under the Taliban rule in Afghanistan.