Executions, Amputations, and Lashings: Civilian Victims of the Afghan Taliban’s Parallel Justice System

  • Vasja Badalič
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Victims and Victimology book series (PSVV)


The chapter examines the parallel justice system established by the Afghan Taliban. The first section analyzes both conflict-related crimes (e.g., spying for the Afghan regime and U.S. forces) and non-conflict-related crimes (e.g., murder, crimes against property, “moral crimes”) as defined by the Taliban. The section also examines the punishments meted out by Taliban courts (e.g., executions by stoning, beheading or shooting, amputations of limbs, lashings). The second section examines how Taliban courts failed to provide key judicial guarantees needed to ensure a fair trial (e.g., lack of access to a legal counsel, the lack of time to prepare a defense, limited right to appeal). The last section shows why the punishments imposed by the Afghan Taliban amounted to human rights violations.


Afghanistan Afghan Taliban Parallel justice system Executions Human rights violations 


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  • Vasja Badalič
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  1. 1.Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of LawLjubljanaSlovenia

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