Since the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan, the radical Islamist Taliban have been on the rise. Germany and the USA, among others, are now calling for an end to the military offensive.
The USA, Germany and other countries have called on the militant Islamist Taliban to end their military offensive in Afghanistan.
In a statement published by diplomatic missions on Monday, the signatories called for a swift end to the Islamists’ military advance. This is in direct contradiction to their claim to support a political solution to the conflict.
The offensive led to the loss of innocent human life, to the displacement of the civilian population, to looting and arson, as well as to the destruction of important infrastructure and damage to communication networks. Arbitrary detentions and killing of civilians, as well as attacks on prisons, were testimony to an extremely worrying disregard for the rule of law, the statement said.
Residents and observers in Taliban-occupied districts also credibly reported attempts to suppress the human rights of women and girls and to shut down private and public media organizations in order to conceal human rights violations and restrict freedom of expression.
When the international troops began to withdraw in early May, the Taliban had launched several offensives and achieved large territorial gains in the process. They now control just over half of all districts in the country. According to US President Joe Biden, the US mission in Afghanistan will end at the end of August.
Peace talks between the Islamists and the government in Kabul have been going on since September of the previous year, but they are stalling. Last week, the process was to be initiated by a high-level meeting between the two sides. The sides said on Sunday that they were planning more such meetings.