LGBT in Afghanistan: ‘I could be killed on the spot’


Before the Taliban uprising in Afghanistan, life for gay man Abdul (his name has been changed) was already dangerous. If he’d spoken about his sexuality to the wrong person then, Abdul could have been arrested and taken to court for his sexuality, under Afghan laws. But since the Taliban seized control of major cities in Afghanistan last week, Abdul tells Radio 1 Newsbeat his sexuality being revealed would now have him “killed on the spot”. The Taliban are a military group who have taken control of the country, and are known to enforce extreme Islamic ideals. Under the Taliban’s interpretation of Sharia Law, homosexuality is strictly prohibited and punishable by death.

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