PUCL Bulletin, July 2001

Taliban actions are an affront to civil liberties

The Taliban government in Afghanistan has been committing one affront after another against all canons of humanity, freedom, and human rights. From the destruction of the historical Buddha statue at Bamiyan to the fiat asking members of the minority Hindu community to wrap distinctive shawls or wear badges goes against the principles to which the civilised Nations of today are committed. It reminds one of the days when the lepers had to wear a bell around their neck when they moved out.

It is high time the United Nations recognized these acts as an assault on human dignity, civil liberties, and human rights.

- Y.P. Chhibbar, General Secretary, PUCL, May 24, 2001

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