BBC News:- Amnesty International has called on the international community to act “decisively to avert further tragedy”, following the Taliban’s takeover of power and the chaotic scenes witnessed at Kabul airport that followed.
“What we are witnessing in Afghanistan is a tragedy that should have been foreseen and averted,” said the organisation’s secretary general, Agnes Callamard.
“It will only be compounded further without swift and decisive action from the international community. Thousands of Afghans at serious risk of Taliban reprisals – from academics and journalists to civil society activists and women human rights defenders – are in danger of being abandoned to a deeply uncertain future.”
She called on foreign governments to “take every necessary measure” to safely evacuate and relocate all those who could be targeted by the militants, and also urged a suspension to all deportations to Afghanistan.
Callamard also urged the US to continue to provide security at the airport, which earlier in the day had seen chaotic scenes where shots were fired and passengers were seen apparently clinging to moving aircraft.
Headline photo: An Afghan family is seen rushing to Hamid Karzai international airport as many try to escape the Taliban’s rule. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images