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Taliban killed more than 100 ex-Afghan govt officials, others since US-led pullout: UN report

Taliban killed more than 100 ex-Afghan govt officials, others since US-led pullout: UN report

Washington: At least hundred former Afghan officials, security force members and people who worked with the international military contingent are believed to have been killed by Taliban and its allies since the U.S.-led pullout, as per a U.N. report.

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres' report to the U.N. Security Council describes severe curtailing of human rights by Afghanistan's new fundamentalist rulers.

The report, an advance copy of which was seen by AFP, paints a picture of worsening living conditions for Afghanistan's 39 million people despite an end of combat with the Taliban's takeover in August.

It also detailed a government clampdown on peaceful protests, as well as a lack of access for women and girls to work and education.

"An entire complex social and economic system is shutting down," Guterres said in the report.

The report sounds the latest in a series of warnings the U.N. chief has issued in recent months about the humanitarian and economic crises that accelerated after the Taliban seized Kabul as the last U.S.-led foreign troops left and international donors cut critical financial aid.

The country was almost entirely dependent on foreign aid under the previous US-backed government, but jobs have dried up and most civil servants haven't been paid for months.

Guterres recommended the council to approve a restructuring of the U.N. mission to deal with the situation, including the creation of a new human rights monitoring unit.

The U.N. mission "continues to receive credible allegations of killings, enforced disappearances and other violations" against former officials, security force members and people who worked for the U.S.-led international military contingent despite a general amnesty announced by the Taliban, the report said.

The mission has determined as credible reports that more than 100 of those individuals have been killed - more than two-thirds of them allegedly by the Taliban or their affiliates - since Aug. 15, it said.

There also are credible allegations of the extra-judicial killings of at least 50 people suspected of belonging to the local branch of the Islamic State militant group, according to the report.

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