Activists speaking up for women and girls getting arrested in Afghanistan!

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The UN human rights office, OHCHR, is concerned that the Taliban authorities in Afghanistanis detaining activists advocating for girls’ and women’s rights.

OHCHR spokesperson, Jeremy Laurence said, “No one should be detained for speaking out in defence of their fundamental rights and the rights of others.”

Since the year’s beginning, many civil society activists and journalists have been detained for speaking out against the policies of the Taliban. Their policies restrict women’s and girls’ rights.

Matiullah Wesa, head of PenPath which is a civil society organization campaigning for the reopening of girls’ schools got detained by unknown individuals travelling in an unmarked vehicle.

Some individuals also entered Mr Wesa’s home on the following day and arrested two of his brothers who were released some hours later.

According to OHCHR, other activists and journalists are being detained without any clear information about their whereabouts, and well-being and no charges have been made against them.

Afghanistan is a party to international human rights treaties.

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