The UN Secretary-General’s special envoy to Afghanistan, Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi assured to resolve the issue of the missing female activists during a meeting with Deborah Lyons.
According to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Lyons and Muttaqi held the meeting during which the Taliban Minister “assured of efforts to resolve the issue. His constructive approach welcomed. UN continues to engage Taliban to support welfare and rights of all Afghans”.
While Tamana Paryani and Parwana Ibrahimkhil went missing in January, Zahra Mohammadi and Mursal Ayar disappeared last week. Echoing the UN chief’s concern, Australia’s interim mission to Afghanistan: “Australia shares the international community’s concerns about the well-being of women activists in Afghanistan. We urge the Taliban to resolve this issue and ensure the rights of all Afghans.”
Meanwhile, Afghan women’s rights activists have called for clarification over the fate of the missing. Monica Mubariz, a women’s rights activist “releasing statements, holding conferences, gatherings and Twitter messages will never end in a result which is required and we expect. These do not change the situation.”
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