UN human rights chief warns of escalating crisis in Afghanistan

Michelle Bachelet calls for formal monitoring of situation amid dismay at Taliban’s treatment of women

The UN high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, has said she is profoundly alarmed by the escalating humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, and called for a dedicated investigatory mechanism to monitor the crisis in the country.

The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) has so far not set up such a mechanism, an omission that has been criticised by aid groups and human rights bodies.

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