The fundamentalist movement that regained power in Afghanistan in August 2021 dissolved five key departments of the former US-backed government, including the country’s Human Rights Commission, deeming them unnecessary in the face of a financial crunch, an official said on May 16.
The Khaama Press agency, which broke the news on May 17, cites a letter published on social networks and signed by Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, the supreme leader of the Taliban and Mohammad Hassan Akhund, head of the interim government created in September 2021.
According to a copy of a government resolution released to the press last month, the Independent Human Rights Commission was to receive a new name. Around the same time, it was reported that the interim cabinet planned to reformat the secretariats of the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as preserve the commission’s independent control over the implementation of the Constitution.
Afghanistan faces a budget deficit of 44 billion Afghanis ($501 million) this financial year, Taliban authorities said on Saturday as they announced their first annual national budget since taking over the war-torn country last year in August.
“Because these departments were not deemed necessary and were not included in the budget, they have been dissolved,” Innamullah Samangani, the Taliban government’s deputy spokesman, told Reuters.