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UN Special Rapporteur Demands Immediate Release of Woman Activist Still Held by Taliban

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Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal
Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).

Richard Bennett, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan, called for the release of Zarifa Yaqoubi and her colleagues who have been in Taliban detention for over two weeks.

On his Twitter handle, UN official Bennett stated on Saturday, November 19, that all Afghans have the right to freedom of expression and that the Taliban should respect those rights.

According to the tweet, Bennett referred to the incarceration of activist lady Zarifa Yaqoubi and her 4 colleagues as “arbitrary” and joined the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Association and Peaceful Assembly and UN Human Rights to demand Yaqoubi and her colleagues’ release.

Clement Voule, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Association and Peaceful Assembly, also condemned “the continuous wave of unlawful arrests of women activists” of the Taliban.

“Taliban must release immediately & without harm, all women arrested for exercising their fundamental freedoms,” Voule wrote on Twitter.

At a press conference in Dasht Barchi of west Kabul, the Afghan capital, around two weeks ago, Zarifa Yaqoubi and her colleagues were detained by Taliban intelligence and are still in their custody.

Rina Amir, the US special representative for women and human rights in Afghanistan, Amnesty International, and other rights groups had previously called for Zarifa’s immediate release, while the Taliban leadership has not responded.

Zainab Rahimi, Farhat Popalzi, and other women’s rights activists were detained after the detention of Zarifa Yaqoubi, but there is still no word on their whereabouts.

This comes as, on Monday, a group of Afghan protesting women began a campaign called “Hundred Screams” to send 100 letters to the UN Security Council asking the world to refuse to recognize the Taliban government.

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