Michelet Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights | Photo: Sebastian Rodriguez / Government of Chile

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday called on the Taliban to “adopt appropriate governance and human rights standards and work to restore social cohesion and reconciliation”. She said her office had received credible reports that serious human rights violations were taking place in Taliban-controlled areas in Afghanistan, including summary executions of Afghan civilians and soldiers, recruitment of children and restrictions. women’s rights, such as the right to come and go and the right to education.

Bachelet cited that since January 270,000 Afghans have been forced to leave their homes, bringing the total number of homeless in the country to 3.5 million. On refugees, she urged UN member countries to create safe passages for immigrants, increase asylum programs and immediately stop the deportation to Afghanistan of those fleeing the country for fear of the Taliban .