Human rights organization Amnesty International has called on United Nations (UN) member states to take action in the face of a deteriorating human rights situation in Afghanistan.

The London-based organization demanded an end to the impunity of the Taliban on Monday. “It is time for the international community to turn its repeated public statements into concrete action,” said Amnesty Secretary-General Agn├Ęs Callamard.

“The human rights situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating rapidly,” Callamard said. Every day the Taliban carried out “relentless abuses”. However, the Islamists are neither able nor willing to prosecute human rights violations within their own ranks. Therefore, an independent control body must be set up in Afghanistan.

Since the militant Islamists returned to power in August 2021, Amnesty has documented arrests of women’s rights activists, journalists and civilians in Panjir province and mass murders of the Hazara Shia minority in three provinces. Detainees will be denied legal assistance and contact with their families, it said.