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Situations for Christians and different spiritual minorities in Afghanistan are ‘dire’ below Taliban

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Afghan Christians and different spiritual minorities are unable to precise their beliefs brazenly as a result of they face “dire penalties, together with dying, if found by the Taliban”.

That’s the stark report from america Fee on Worldwide Spiritual Freedom (USCIRF) in its newest factsheet on the worsening circumstances for spiritual minorities because the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August.

USCIRF says the choice in September by the Taliban to reinstate the Ministry for the Propagation of Advantage and Prevention of Vice is leading to “a notoriously violent hardline Islamist policing system”.

“USCIRF has obtained credible studies that the Taliban regime and rival militant group Islamic State-Khorasan (ISIS-Okay) additionally current in Afghanistan have intimidated, threatened, and focused members of non secular minority communities and carried out violent assaults,” it says.

The Taliban has gone “door-to-door on the lookout for US allies, former authorities staff, rights activists, and Christian converts”, in accordance with studies on the bottom.

“Christians have obtained threatening cellphone calls, whereas one chief of a home church community obtained a letter on August 12 from Taliban militants threatening him and his household. Some Christians have turned their telephones off and moved to undisclosed areas,” the Fee says.

The factsheet contains estimates from the Afghan Home Church Community and Worldwide Christian Concern that there are 10,000 to 12,000 Christian converts from Islam all through the nation who’ve practised underground over the previous 20 years.

USCIRF additionally studies on the Taliban’s violent hatred in direction of different Muslim teams such because the Hazara Shi’a and the Uyghurs who escaped from Communist China.

Thought to quantity between 2,000 and three,000, Afghanistan’s Uyghur Muslim group has “expressed concern that the Taliban may deport them to China the place they face egregious persecution, which the US authorities has designated as genocide and crimes in opposition to humanity”, the Fee says.

“There are issues that the Chinese language authorities may use its financial and geopolitical leverage to strain the Taliban to deport these Uyghurs.

“Simply previous to the Taliban’s army takeover of Afghanistan, a high Taliban delegation traveled to China to satisfy with Chinese language international minister Wang Yi in July 2021.

“The Taliban beforehand deported Uyghurs on the request of the Chinese language authorities in 2000,” the factsheet says.

It concludes: “Whereas spiritual freedom circumstances within the nation had been poor below the earlier authorities, these circumstances have already worsened and have develop into dire below the Taliban and are more likely to proceed to deteriorate.”

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