UN, HRW demand inquiry into missing woman activists

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The UN Assistant Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) voiced its concerns over the “disappear-ance of two Afghan women activists, Tamana Zary-abi Paryani and Parawana Ibrahimkhel, reportedly abducted from their homes overnight Wednesday.”

“We urge the Taliban to provide information on their whereabouts and to protect rights of all Af-ghans,” UNAMA said.

Tamana Zaryab Paryani and Parwana Ibrahimkhel were two women activists who had staged demon-strations in support of women’s rights in Kabul.

“We are deeply concerned about the whereabouts of the two protesters who were arrested on Wednes-day night. It is coming on four days now that they have been missing and there is no information. The Taliban have denied that they have taken these women, but they also haven’t indicated that they have any knowledge… of their whereabouts or any plan to try to locate them,” said Heather Barr, Asso-ciate women’s rights director of Human Rights Watch.

“We call on the UN to hear the voice of Afghan women, especially the voice of female protesters, because protesting is the right of every citizen. —TOLO

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