UN concerned about human rights in Afghanistan

The UN Human Rights Council has expressed grave concerns about the situation in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.

The council held an emergency session on Tuesday.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said her office has "received credible reports of serious violations of international humanitarian law, and human rights abuses, taking place in many areas under effective Taliban control."

Bachelet noted, "A fundamental red line will be the Taliban's treatment of women and girls, and respect for their rights to liberty, freedom of movement, education, self-expression and employment, guided by international human rights norms."

The council adopted a resolution calling for "full respect for the human rights of all individuals, including women, children and persons belonging to ethnic, religious and other minority groups," in Afghanistan.

The resolution also stressed the need for prompt investigation into reports of all violations and abuses of human rights, and to hold those responsible to account.