Britain shocked by Afghan execution video
UK: British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Sunday said he
was “shocked and disgusted” by reports that the Taliban publicly
executed an Afghan woman accused of adultery.
The British government condemned the “deplorable” action and called
upon Afghanistan's rulers to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“I am shocked and disgusted by [the] reports,” said Hague in a
statement. “Such deplorable actions underline the vital need for better
protection of the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan.” The foreign
minister explained that the British government was working with its
Afghan counterparts, NGOs and international partners to improve the
status of women in Afghanistan.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton earlier made a powerful plea
for the rights of women in the war-ravaged nation after a horrific video
emerged showing the public execution of the 22-year-old woman. In the
video, a woman named as Najiba is shot repeatedly in the back in front
of a crowd of men in Qol village in Parwan province just north of the
The woman was married to a member of a hardline Taliban militant
group and was accused of adultery with a Taliban commander, Parwan
provincial spokeswoman Roshna Khalid told AFP Sunday. “Within one hour
they decided that she was guilty and sentenced her to death.