Kabul, Afghanistan – On Friday, the United Nations sounded the alarm for the Taliban’s suppression of peaceful protests, many of which were initiated by women demanding equal rights and journalists covering such incidents.
Two Afghan video journalists were attacked with iron rods in one instance.
Tagi Daryabi stated that he and another colleague had reported earlier this week on a demonstration by women seeking their rights from the Taliban rulers. Two reporters were stopped by Taliban fighters, who tied their hands and dragged them to Kabul’s third district police station.
According to the Associated Press, the 22-year old photographer said that the first thing he heard when he arrived at the station was a scream coming from a nearby area. Eventually, he was attacked by several fighters, including Neamatullah Nqdi, a 28-year-old photographer.
Dariabi claimed once that he had been beaten 10 minutes in succession. “I don’t know how to figure it.” He said it, still covered in scars.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a statement: “We call on the Taliban to immediately stop the use of force and arbitrary detention of those who exercise the right to peaceful assembly and journalists covering protests.” Friday.
It stated that reports indicate that the Taliban are using force more often to “deal with those who take part in or report on demonstrations.”
Daryabi didn’t fear, he said he would go back to the streets to report on another protest.
“It is very dangerous for me to stand up against them. “The Taliban claim that the media is completely free. But how do they make that claim when they have already hit me and my coworkers?” He added. “We cannot stop our work.”
Daryabi and Naqdi are employees of the Etilaatroz, a small privately owned newspaper that broadcasts video news to the YouTube channel.
In the chaotic days following the Taliban takeover of Kabul on August 15, thousands fled from the Taliban and raced towards Kabul’s airport.
Since then, many women have held protests for their rights. Most of these protests were violently dispersed in the hands of Taliban fighters. Last week, the Taliban opened fire on a women’s rights protest in the western city of Herat, killing two men. At the rally, reporters were attacked and harassed.