The UN has expressed concern over the disappearance of two Afghan women’s rights activists. Taman Zaryabi Paryani and Parawana Ibrahimkhel were reportedly abducted from their homes by the Taliban on Wednesday evening.
“We urge the Taliban to provide information on their fate and protect the rights of all Afghans,” the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement on Twitter.
Activist films shocking video
One of the activists managed to film a harrowing video apparently from her home in Kabul.
The video shows a visibly frightened Paryani as men claiming to be Taliban intelligence knock on the front door.
According to the local broadcaster Aamaj News, Paryani was taken offline shortly after sharing the video with the network.
Ibrahimkhel apparently disappeared the same night.
Paryani was part of a group of women who had protested against the forced wearing of the hijab.
A witness told the PA news agency that ten armed men had carried out the nighttime raid. The witness said four people were taken away, including Paryani.
The Taliban called Paryani’s video fake, with Kabul police spokesman Mobin Khan saying it was a “fabricated drama”.
UN experts say women are ‘erased’
On Monday, a panel of UN human rights experts said the Taliban leadership was “institutionalising large-scale and systemic gender-based discrimination and violence against women and girls”.
According to the panel, there have been a series of restrictive measures that target women since the militant group took control of Afghanistan.
“Today we are witnessing the attempt to progressively erase women and girls from public life in Afghanistan, including in the institutions and mechanisms that were previously put in place to assist and protect women and girls. most at risk,” the expert panel said. said in a statement.
On Friday, two local NGO workers operating in rural Afghanistan told the AFP news agency that the Taliban threatened to shoot them if they did not wear a burqa.
The Taliban had given assurances that they would respect women’s rights soon after taking power. The Islamist group continued to seek recognition from the global community. To date, no country has recognized its government.