Accountability Watch Committee has expressed serious concern about the fear, terror, and future uncertainties faced by Afghan citizens and non-citizens residing in Afghanistan spawned after the Taliban seized control of state's power in Afghanistan on the night of 14 August 2021.

Issuing a press statement today, Accountability Watch Committee urged the Afghan Taliban leadership to bear the obligation of ensuring peace and security of its citizens and non-citizens inside the country along with protection of their human rights and right to life as Afghanistan is a member of the United Nations, UN's Human Rights Council, and also a state party to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

Likewise, Accountability Watch Committee appealed to the United Nations and Government of Nepal as a member of the United Nations' Human Rights Council, and Secretariat of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, and other countries, to increase international vigilance and conduct diplomatic lobbying with the concerned Afghan Taliban leadership to draw their attention, make them realise their responsibility to be sensitive towards the humanitarian crisis looming over Afghan citizens and others residing in Afghanistan, especially women and children, and to ensure their security, right to reach the final destinations as well as the basic right to life.

A version of this article appears in the print on August 19 2021, of The Himalayan Times.