State Department spokesman Ned Price said today that Washington strongly condemned statements made by a Taliban official who said the group would reinstate amputations and executions.
Speaking to reporters by telephone and on Taliban leader Mullah Nooruddin Turabi’s statements to the Associated Press, Price said the punishments “would be a clear violation of human rights”.
“We remain firm with the international community to hold the perpetrators of any such abuses accountable,” Price said.
Washington has said that any possible recognition of a new Taliban-led government in Kabul that replaced the Western-backed government that collapsed last month will depend on respect for human rights.
“We are watching very closely,” Price said. “And we are not just listening to the announcements, we are watching very closely how the Taliban are behaving.”