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Taliban releases four women’s rights activists but fear persists

Taliban releases four women’s rights activists but fear persists

On February 12, the Taliban released four Afghan women’s rights activists, who were arrested nearly a month earlier. Dozens more are being held in Taliban custody, according to other activists and US diplomats. The released women have not yet been able to share what happened to them in Taliban custody due to the intense suffering they experienced, according to our Observer who is in contact with the victims’ relatives.

The Taliban captured the Afghan capital of Kabul on August 15, 2021, reestablishing power over the country. Some of the first signs of dissent came from groups of women’s rights activists who dared to challenge the Islamist movement in an effort to reclaim their rights. 

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A video captured the moments before the Taliban broke into women’s rights activist Tamana Zaryabi Paryani’s house, arresting her. In the video, she can be heard saying: “The Taliban attacked our house. Oh my God, my sisters are here too. Please go away, I can’t meet you this late at night with these girls. I won’t open up, please go. Help, help!” 

Women’s rights activists organized multiple rallies around Kabul following the Taliban takeover, protesting against the first restrictions the group placed on women and girls: the right to participate in Afghan politics and the right to education.

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