UK seeks answers over ‘disappearing’ Afghan activists

The United Kingdom on Sunday shared its concern over the disappearance of female activists in Afghanistan.

“Full support to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General. @DeborahLyonsUN to voice the international community’s growing concerns and seek answers about the ‘disappeared’ activists,” said Hugo Shorter, Chargé d’Affaires, UK Mission in Afghanistan.

The UN envoy to Afghanistan on Sunday expressed deep concern for the well-being of the “disappeared” activists. This message was conveyed by Deborah Lyons, Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, to the acting Afghan Deputy Prime Minister for Political Affairs, Abdul Kabir.

“@DeborahLyonsUN met with DFA DepPM Abdul Kabir today to express his growing concern for the welfare of the ‘disappeared’ activists. Kabir is committed to seeking answers. We appreciate this and await an update. day.” the UN Mission in Afghanistan tweeted.

Separately, the European Union’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Tomas Niklasson, has blasted the Taliban, saying the arbitrary detention of citizens contradicts the groups’ stated commitments to respecting human rights.

“The Taliban have announced that the ‘interim government’ claims to belong to the people. Arbitrary detention of citizens and disappearances undermine these claims and contradict their stated commitments to upholding human rights. I join the call for a immediate release,” Niklasson tweeted.

Earlier this week, US Special Envoy Rina Amiri called on the Taliban to end unjust human rights detentions of Afghans if the team was to seek legitimacy from the Afghan people and the world.

“These unjust detentions must end. If the Taliban seeks legitimacy from the Afghan people and the world, they must respect the human rights of Afghans – especially for women – including freedom of expression and immediately release these women, their loved ones and other activists,” Amiri tweeted.

This comes after media reported that the Taliban arrested two female activists in Kabul on Thursday. Recently, activists who defended their rights in the capital have begun to disappear in recent months.

The United Nations Mission in Afghanistan has requested information from the Taliban on the latest detentions reported by the team.

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