Taliban introduces law for filing complaints against its officials

The Taliban on Tuesday announced the approval and implementation of a law designed to facilitate the filing of complaints against its officials.

The new legislation, which consists of 23 articles, allows individuals to lodge complaints directly against members of the Taliban, according to the Taliban’s vice and virtue ministry.

Taliban said the law received ratification from its leader Hibatullah Akhundzada and aims to foster an environment where grievances can be freely expressed, although specific details of the law were not disclosed.

Ali Sediqullah, the Taliban’s deputy minister of vice and virtue, revealed that the ministry received 1,700 complaints over the past year. Despite these figures, Sediqullah claimed that public satisfaction with the Taliban is high and the volume of complaints has seen a decline.

The introduction of this complaint mechanism comes amid widespread criticism of the Taliban’s treatment of the public, particularly in the last two and a half years. Numerous reports have highlighted their harsh measures, including directives and decrees from the Ministry of Vice and Virtue that have significantly restricted the rights of girls and women.