Law students and lawyers in Afghanistan report to JURIST on the situation there after the Taliban takeover. This is where a JURIST staff correspondent in Kabul comments on a new announcement by the Taliban Ministry of Justice regarding the future termination of departments. For data protection and security reasons, we are holding back the name of our correspondent. The text has only been slightly edited to respect the author’s voice.

The Taliban’s Justice Department has sent an official letter to its departments across Afghanistan. This letter states that departments such as Rights, Cases and Legal Assistance of this department should consider the following conditions when it comes to hiring staff and civil servants:

The letter contains a number of conditions which are listed below:

1. Should be a scholar (this means that applicants should have knowledge of Islam);
2. Should be honest, have a good reputation, and be true to the Taliban’s values ​​and principles;
3. Shouldn’t have worked in the former government;
4. Have participated in the war for the past two decades;
5. Have professional knowledge and serve people well;

The above has raised many concerns and we are concerned about it. The Taliban are finding ways to hire their own soldiers for the various government organizations, and since these soldiers have neither knowledge nor academic background, the Taliban are paving the way for their own with such actions.

The above will definitely have a negative impact on the employment rate, poverty and educated Afghans who choose not to leave the country. Appointments in government based on the above conditions also affect the good delivery of services by government agencies. They will not be able to provide good public services as the civil servants will all be illiterate and mostly unskilled.