KABUL: Six Afghan Taliban inmates on death row were hanged on Sunday, government sources said, in the first set of executions approved by President Ashraf Ghani since he came to power in 2014.
"In accordance with the Afghan constitution… Ghani approved the execution of six terrorists who perpetrated grave crimes against civilians and public security," the presidential palace said in a statement.
A government source told AFP that all six were Taliban inmates, but did not release further details about their offences.
In 2012, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on the Afghan government to "end its sudden surge of executions and institute a moratorium on further executions" after the Afghan government executed eight people, ending a four-year virtual moratorium on the use of the death penalty, during which only two people were reportedly executed, according to the HRW.
The NGO cited the "weakness of the Afghan legal system and the routine failure of courts to meet international fair trial standards", which make Afghanistan’s "use of the death penalty especially troubling".