Afghans launch Ban Taliban campaign on Twitter and receive massive support


After Meta’s crackdown on Taliban-affiliated content and pages, Afghans started trending on social media platform Twitter with a hashtag calling for a ban on the Taliban.

The “BanTaliban” hashtag has become a global sensation, with over thousands of tweets supporting it so far. Rapidly rising, the trend has gained significant coverage in Afghanistan, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Europe and India, as well as the United States of America.

According to Afghan Peace Watch, among the defenders are Afghan journalists and civilian activists urging Twitter to deny access to all Taliban members on Twitter, due to the group spreading misinformation and spreading harmful content. , including calls for violence and beheading, as well as support for terrorists.

It comes as Meta, formerly known as Facebook, on Wednesday banned Taliban-related content and pages on various platforms, including RTA TV channel and Bakhtar news agency. The decision to ban Taliban-related content was very well received by the Afghan public, which led to the Twitter campaign.

Last year in August when the Taliban came to power, many social media companies revised their policies on pro-Taliban accounts. However, Twitter decided to allow Taliban-affiliated accounts to continue using its platform despite its policy against glorifying violence and threats.

The Twitter trend comes as the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released a report on Wednesday outlining the human rights situation in Afghanistan in the 10 months since the Taliban took power.

The report summarizes UNAMA’s findings regarding the protection of civilians, extrajudicial killings, torture and ill-treatment, arbitrary arrests and detentions, the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan, fundamental freedoms and the situation in places of detention. The report also contains recommendations to the de facto authorities and the international community.

Despite an overall and significant reduction in armed violence, between mid-August 2021 and mid-June 2022, UNAMA recorded 2,106 civilian casualties (700 killed, 1,406 injured). The majority of civilian casualties were attributed to targeted attacks by the self-identified armed group “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant – Khorasan Province” against ethnic and religious minority communities in places where they go to school, worship and go about their daily business.

“It is high time that all Afghans could live in peace and rebuild their lives after 20 years of armed conflict. Our monitoring reveals that despite the improvement in the security situation since August 15, the Afghan people, especially women and girls, are deprived of the full enjoyment of their fundamental rights,” said Markus Potzel, Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan.

While the de facto authorities have taken some measures apparently aimed at the protection and promotion of human rights, such as amnesty for former government officials and members of the security forces, the December 3 decree on women’s rights and a prisoner code of conduct, they also bear responsibility for a wide range of human rights abuses. The erosion of women’s rights has been one of the most notable aspects of the de facto administration to date.

Since August 15, the rights of women and girls to fully participate in education, work and other aspects of public and daily life have been progressively restricted and, in many cases, completely removed.

The decision not to allow girls to return to secondary school means that a generation of girls will not complete their full 12 years of basic education. At the same time, access to justice for victims of gender-based violence has been limited by the dissolution of reporting channels, justice mechanisms and dedicated shelters.

(Only the title and image of this report may have been edited by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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