Taliban Leader Orders Strict Enforcement of Sharia Law in Afghanistan


Zabihullah Mujahid, the spokesman for the Taliban, tweeted this Sunday that the “mandatory” order of the Taliban supreme leader, Haibatullah Akhundzadaoccurred after he met with a group of judges.

“Carefully examine the cases of thieves, kidnappers and seditious”, wrote the spokesman quoting the words of the supreme leader. “In cases where all the conditions of sharia are met (…) they are obliged to implement” the set of sanctions provided, Mujahid added.

A group of Taliban, on patrol after the capture of Kabul in 2021.


Included in the list of punishments for the so-called “seditious” are adultery, alcohol consumption, rebellion, apostasy, and theft. In order for there to be a conviction for any of these offenses, sufficient evidence must be gathered.

Akhundzada, who has not been seen in public since the Taliban regained power last August 2021, runs the country by decree from Kandahar, a town in the south of the country that is the cradle of this fundamentalist movement.

[De policía a mendigar de rodillas con burka: la catástrofe talibán]

The arrival of the Taliban to power in the summer of 2021 meant exclusion for Afghan women from secondary and higher education and many aspects of the public and economic life of the country, as well as restrictions on their travel and movement.

Afghan women, for the most part, they are restricted from working outside the home and are forced to cover their faces in public and have a male escort when they travel.

[El Gobierno talibán tendrá mujeres “en 6 meses” pero advierte: “Deben respetar la ley de la sharia”]

Upon their return to power, the Taliban promised to be more lax in their application of Sharia, but quickly reverted to a very rigorous interpretation of Islam that marked their first period in power between 1996 and 2001.

Rejection of the European Union

The European Union (EU) has condemned the new restrictions that the Taliban regime has imposed on Afghan women in recent weeks, among which they cited his expulsion from public parks and gyms, and insisted that he fulfill his obligations under the international standards that Kabul subscribes to.

[Los talibanes prohíben a las mujeres el acceso a jardines y parques de atracciones]

“The restrictions add to the already severe violations by the Taliban of the rights of Afghan women and girls, in contradiction to their own promises,” a spokesman for the European External Action Service (EEAS) said in a statement.

“The EU urges the de facto authorities to fulfill Afghanistan’s obligations under international law, particularly humanitarian, human rights and refugee law, and to ensure respect for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the entire Afghan population,” the statement said. EU.

A man, in an amusement park in Kabul.

A man, in an amusement park in Kabul.




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