Disturbing Video Reported to Show Taliban Execution of Afghan Woman

An appalling video has surfaced that shows what news reports have said is the execution of an Afghan woman in Parwan province by Taliban commanders for alleged adultery.  The video shows a woman who has been identified as a 22 year old woman named Najiba, sitting in the dirt as a man walks up behind her and shoots her multiple times.

In the video, a crowd of men has gathered to watch the execution.  As the woman is shot once, then three times, and then eventually nine times, the crowd cheers.

Amnesty International is seeking further information about the facts of the case but multiple news sources have reported that the woman was accused of adultery by two Taliban commanders who staged a fake trial and may have used the charge as a way to “save face” as they fought about the woman.

Without a concrete plan of action, flowery proclamations and tough condemnations will not stop the next woman from being executed or the next girls’ school from being the target of ruthless attacks.

President Karzai has reportedly condemned the killing and ordered the arrest of the men involved.

The Parwan provincial women’s director Shah Jan Yazdan Parast spoke out against the killing stating, “women suffered a lot during the Taliban regime. . . we never want their return.”

This shocking murder highlights yet again the precarious state of women’s human rights in Afghanistan.  Amnesty International has written before about the need for a U.S. Action Plan for Afghan women to support the human rights of women of Afghanistan.  In May, we released an open letter to Presidents Obama and Karzai asking them to take swift action to protect women’s human rights as the U.S and allied troops withdraw from Afghanistan and turn over security to local Afghan forces.

It is clear that a plan of action cannot come soon enough.  Our research shows that violence against women is increasing; in 2010 alone, dozens of girls’ schools were closed due to violence and threats against women’s human rights defenders are growing.

The news of this public execution comes on the heels of an international donors’ conference in Tokyo this past weekend where the U.S and other states pledged $16 billion in civilian aid to Afghanistan.  At the conference, President Karzai affirmed the need to respect Afghanistan’s Constitution, particularly its guarantees of rights and freedoms for all Afghan men and women, as minimum conditions for any peace process outcome.

We agree.  Any peace that does not include women and support their human rights is no peace at all.  Without a concrete plan of action, flowery proclamations and tough condemnations will not stop the next woman from being executed or the next girls’ school from being the target of ruthless attacks.

Join Amnesty and tell President Obama that  Afghan women’s rights are non-negotiable!

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9 thoughts on “Disturbing Video Reported to Show Taliban Execution of Afghan Woman

  1. I have done considerable research into Islam, and this is NOT an example of what Islam really is all about! At all! They need to re-read the Qur'an!

    • Hahaha. I think YOU need to reread the Quran. If you think it's woman-friendly in the slightest, you are either lying or ignorant. Now go, educate yourself before you misinform anyone else.

      • The Koran requires four eye witnesses for a conviction of adultery, while the Bible requires only one. The brutality against women in Central Asia is descended from the tribal cultures that preceded it….Christian tribes in Central Asia behave similarly toward women. I wouldn't call any of the "Big Three" religions "woman-friendly" either, Christianity included.

  2. For a fuller understanding of Christianity, you need to understand the shift from OT to New Testament, and how the old covenant is superseded by the new. Women were given high regard by Jesus; they were respected as witnesses to events, they were regarded as equals in the church which met at homes. The whole thrust of the good news is that before God all are equal, and love is at the root of Christianity.
    There was an incident where men wanted to stone a woman for adultery. They brought her before Jesus for his condemnation. However, he said that if anyone there was without sin, they should throw the first stone. The crowd disappeared; the point being that Jesus did not allow the people to consider themselves sinless; all are sinful. To the woman he said Go, and don;t do it again; he forgave. Love and forgiveness is at the heart of Christianity.

  3. So one death and Amnesty goes wild…how many has Amnesty ignored? For starters, 50 years of death in Syria. Amnesty = TV, both vast wastelands.

  4. We simply have to implement all means, that all women everywhere have the freedom and right to choose

  5. Things like this shouldn't even happen, and they mock it by filming and spreading it online… Despicable…

  6. This makes me sick. How can people do this? And they actually don't find anything disturbing about it since they are filming it and showing it around.

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