Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Saturday in a statement demanded the Taliban regime to release Afghan civil and cultural activists arrested for unknown reasons.
While supporting Amnesty International’s report regarding the arbitrary detention of social and cultural activists in Afghanistan, AIHRC once more called on the ruling regime to release them at the soonest.
In its annual report, Amnesty International has drawn attention to the painful situation of women, restrictions on the right to education, the killing of civilians, the unfortunate situation of former soldiers, and the restrictions imposed on freedom of expression and the media, as well as the human rights situation of ethnic-religious minorities in Afghanistan.
The report also draws the international community’s attention to the dire humanitarian situation in Afghanistan under the Taliban regime.
This comes as several social and civil activists including Zakaria Osuli, Rasul Parsi, Narges Sadat, Musa Shahin, Morteza Behboodi, Seyed Mohammad Hosseini, Matiullah Wisa, a prominent activist for the rights to education, and some others without any charge are still in Taliban’s detention, and there is no news of their fate.
Despite numerous institutions and international organizations have taken a clear stand against these detentions, the Taliban have continuously ignored these demands and have not released the activists.
Therefore, it is believed that these arbitrary arrests justify clear violations of human rights under the ruling regime.
To stand against these unjustified violations, AIHRC calls on international organizations, rights groups and governments to put maximum pressure on Afghanistan’s de facto authorities to prevent human rights violations in the country, the statement says.
Since the Taliban’s return to power in August 2021, the group is accused of committing continuous violations against human rights, including the rights of women and girls, religious minorities, ethnic groups, as well as social activists, journalists and media workers.