Commonwealth Policy Center

When the Taliban was in power in Afghanistan prior to 9/11, they held public executions in stadiums. Thieves had their hands cut off. Those convicted of robbery often had a hand and a foot amputated. The leader of the Taliban, Mullah Nooruddin Turabi, announced that after 20 years of being out of power these punishments would return. Turabi said “Cutting off of hands is very necessary for security. No one will tell us what our laws should be. We will follow Islam and we will make our laws on the Quran.” Such inhumane treatment undermines human dignity founded in the truth that we’re made in God’s image. It also ignores a path of restitution. This is where the criminal has an opportunity to pay back and restore his victim. But there’s no room for that in the Taliban’s version of justice, which amounts to terror and abuse.