A France 24 report on Tuesday claimed the Taliban has organized a “kill list” of LGBT people in a brutal attempt to eliminate the entire group of people from Afghanistan.
“The Taliban is a radical Sunni Islamist organization that considers gay identity haram, or an affront to its interpretation of Islam. Jihadists in nearly all terrorist organizations have engaged in brutal killings of people suspected of being gay or lesbian,” Breitbart News reported.
The Taliban rose to power in Afghanistan during the final weeks of America’s military presence under the Biden administration. Upon the U.S. military’s departure on Aug. 31, the Taliban have taken full control, implementing a strict version of Islamic law.
“We now know for sure the Taliban has a ‘kill list’ circulating, identifying LBTQI+ persons,” Kimahli Powell, a Canadian activist, told France 24.
“Individuals who have reached out to us have told us about how they’ve received a mystery email from someone claiming to be connected with Rainbow Railroad asking for their information and passport,” Powell said.
— Kimahli Powell (@KimahliPowell) October 30, 2021
“That’s how we know the information has been leaked,” she added.
The group ranks among many oppressed people in need of help in Afghanistan. Others under threat include women, Christians and other minority religions in the nations under Taliban rule.