Kabul, Afghanistan – Bil Browning reports for LGBTQ Nation that a Taliban spokesman has dispelled any notion that Afghanistan will remain a democracy, saying the country will likely be governed by a ruling council similar to the last time they held power. “There will be no democratic system at all because it does not have any base in our country,” Waheedullah Hashimi told Reuters. “We will not discuss what type of political system should we apply in Afghanistan because it is clear. It is sharia law and that is it.” Afghan citizens and their families who worked with Americans are vulnerable to retribution and the imposition of shariah law would also endanger women and LGBTQ people in particular. Gay people, a Taliban judge Gul Rahim promised earlier this year, will be prosecuted and executed by stoning or pushing a wall on top of them

With the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan, the Taliban swept back into power, taking control of the government within 11 days. President Joe Biden has taken criticism from both the left and right for his handling of the pull-out and evacuation of American citizens and Afghan allies. Thousands of people have tried to flee, overrunning American flights out of the airport and gathering in huge crowds outside of embassies and other facilities. Biden has been particularly criticized for not preparing for the quick takeover and being caught flatfooted by the crush of desperate would-be refugees.

“Afghanistan already is not a safe place to be LGBTQI+ people,” according to Rainbow Railroad, an organization that helps LGBTQ refugees escape oppressive countries. “According to the U.S. State Department, public attitudes across the diversity of Afghan society towards LGBTQI+ people are extremely negative, which leads members of the LGBTQ+ community to keep their gender identity and sexual orientation a secret in fear of harassment, intimidation, persecution, and death. Now, with the return of the Taliban, there is understandable fear that the situation will worsen.” (LGBTQ Nation – Bil Browning at https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2021/08/taliban-announces-theyll-institute-sharia-law-lgbtq-people-try-escape-afghanistan/?utm_source=LGBTQ+Nation+Subscribers&utm_campaign=5dfd22c7c3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2021_08_22_05_40&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c4eab596bd-5dfd22c7c3-433273132)