A U.N. report released on Monday harshly criticized the Taliban for engaging in such acts since seizing control of Afghanistan and urged the government to put an end to them.

According to a report by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, or UNAMA, 274 men, 58 women, and two boys were publicly flogged in Afghanistan in just the previous six months.

Fiona Frazer, the organization’s human rights chief, declared that corporal punishment contravenes the Convention against Torture and must end. She also demanded a halt to executions right away.

In response, the Taliban’s foreign ministry claimed that the vast majority of Afghans adhere to Islamic law and that Afghanistan’s laws are therefore based on Islamic principles.

The Taliban government in Afghanistan informed the United Nations on April 5 that Afghan women working for the U.N. mission could no longer report for work. The prohibition on women working has prompted warnings from aid organizations that it will hinder their ability to provide urgent humanitarian aid in Afghanistan.

In the past, the Taliban forbade women from participating in most aspects of public life and employment, including continuing their education past the sixth grade. They forbade Afghan women from working for local and non-governmental organizations in December; at the time, this ban did not apply to U.N. offices.

Public executions and corporal punishment offenders were carried out by officials under the first Taliban regime from 1996 to 2001, frequently in public spaces like sports stadiums.