The Taliban have pledged to play a global role in tackling climate change and global security, despite their appalling record of orchestrating civilian executions and undermining the rights of women and minorities.
Abdul Qahar Balkhi, a member of the Taliban’s cultural committee, told NEWSWEEK: “We believe the world has a unique opportunity to come together and work together to meet the challenges not only facing us but all of humanity.
“These challenges ranging from global security to climate change require the collective efforts of all, and cannot be achieved if we exclude or ignore an entire people devastated by the wars imposed over the past four decades.”
This bizarre attempt to rebrand comes a day after the United Nations Human Rights Chief, Michelle Bachelet, cited multiple credible reports of serious human rights abuses committed by the Taliban in Afghanistan, including “summary executions” of civilians and Afghan security forces who surrendered.
Since declaring victory on August 15, the Taliban have made a concerted effort to appear more modern and accepting than their earlier era.
Women were prohibited from seeking education or joining the labor force during the Taliban’s control of Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001.
This time, the Taliban claim that women will be allowed to educate, but many are skeptical that this right is protected.