No details on the whereabouts of the arrested activists

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KABUL (SW) – Days since the alleged arrests of a number of rights activists in Kabul, no details have been shared by the Islamic Emirate authorities.

Last Thursday, there were reports that the forces of the Islamic Emirate arrested Zarifa Ghafari, a protester, along with four other men in Kabul when they wanted to attend a press conference.

Although three days have passed since their arrest, there is still no information about their situation.

A protester, Masooma Hussaini, criticized the arrest of her friends in an interview with Salam Watandar and said that the continuation of these arrests has increased the concerns of protesting women about their safety.

She said that although she had shared the topic of the press conference with the Islamic Emirate authorities,  but they got arrested.

One of the arrested persons is Mohammad Sirat, a student of Kabul University. His father Ghulam Haider said the Islamic Emirate must know that his son is innocent and should be released.

The arrest of Zarifa Yaqoubi, Mohammad Sirat and three other people has also provoked some reactions.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Afghanistan and UNAMA have reacted to the arrest of these people.

The United Nations Political Mission in Afghanistan or UNAMA wrote on its Facebook page yesterday that it has discussed with the Islamic Emirate about Zarifa Yaqoubi and four other people who were arrested in Kabul the previous day.

However, the authorities of the Islamic Emirate have not yet given details about their arrest. The spokesman of the Islamic Emirate, Zabihullah Mujahid, showed ignorance about this in a press conference on Thursday and added that he was also informed through the media.

Mujahid said that some foreign circles are encouraging a number of women to protest in order to create disbelief.

It is to be noted that in the past one year, women and girls have come on to the streets in different areas of the country and protested against the policies of the current government of the Islamic Emirate.