Human Rights Watch has expressed concern about the current situation of activist women in Afghanistan and said that the arrests, threats, and suppression of women are still ongoing.
A report published by Human Rights Watch expressed concern about the continued detention of female protesters, including Julia Parsi, Manijeh Sediqi, Neda Parwani, and Parisa Azada.
“These are four women’s rights activists arbitrarily detained by the Taliban right now. Remember their names. But please also remember that there are many more in custody who have not been named.
You haven’t heard of most of the detained women. Families are terrified into concealing their arrests, hoping silence might buy their release or reduce abuses in custody,” said Human Rights Watch.
However, the Islamic Emirate said that some women have been arrested to prevent the implementation of foreign programs and to maintain public security. “Seizure does not mean that we silence someone's voice or that someone is oppressed; It is for the sake of maintaining public security and preventing external conspiracies from happening in Afghanistan,” said Mujahid.
Some women's rights activists are calling for the release of the protesting women.
“The goal of women's rights activists and those who took to the streets was to be able to hear the voices of Afghan women for the world,” said Hwaida Hadis, a women's rights activist.
“The women who were arrested did not have any anti-government and security activities, they only wanted Afghan women and girls to study,” said Sonam Latif, a women's rights activist.
After the re-establishment of the Islamic Emirate in the country, some women took to the streets in the capital and other provinces and started protests demanding women's right to education and work in the country.