Taliban installs 300 security cameras in Parwan

The Taliban’s Department of Security in Parwan said on Monday that around 300 security cameras have been installed across Parwan province.

It added that the cameras were set up to “enhance security and deter crime in Parwan and the Parwan-Baghlan and Parwan-Bamiyan highways”.

Taliban-run Interior Ministry said last September that more than 62,000 cameras had been installed in Kabul and other key locations for security purposes.

However, human rights groups have expressed concerns that the widespread camera installation could lead to a “total surveillance state.”

Matt Mahmoudi, an Amnesty International researcher and advisor on artificial intelligence and human rights, said the mass surveillance system, ostensibly for “national security,” could enable the Taliban to enforce repressive policies, particularly affecting women in public spaces.