The Taliban terrorist group has started a new round of arresting female protesters in Afghanistan. At the beginning of this week, they detained and imprisoned two female protesters.
On Saturday, December 11, 2023, the Taliban fighters arrested and imprisoned Parisa Mobarez, a female protester in the northern province of Takhar, along with her brother. They were arrested from their home.
Through the intercession of local elders, Mrs. Mobarez and her brother were released after spending 24 hours in the Taliban prison.
Various sources have confirmed to Nimrokh that the Taliban have taken a commitment from Mobarez’s father that his daughter would have to no longer protest against them.
After release, Mobarez told media that she and her brother were severely beaten and tortured in prison by the Taliban men. The Taliban have also seized her cell phone and are pressuring her to let them access its contents.
On Saturday, the Taliban’s men also arrested Narges Sadat, a leading member of the Afghan Powerful Women Movement, from the Pul-e-Sorkh area of Kabul City.
Sadat is still in Taliban custody and there is not much information about her situation.
Tolerance Towards the Taliban At the Cost of Women’s Lives
Following the start of a new round of arresting female protesters by the Taliban terrorist group, The Spontaneous Movement of Afghan Protesting Women in Kabul, Badakhshan, Takhar, and Balkh provinces held protesting campaigns in the roofed spaces.
In these protesting campaigns, they have expressed concern about beginning a new round of arbitrary arrests of female protesters in Afghanistan.
Afghan female protesters also criticize the UN and international community’s approach towards the Taliban, claiming their tolerance towards the Taliban has ended “at the cost of life and freedom” of the women and people of Afghanistan.
“The Taliban is a terrorist group and have no intention to govern,” the declaration issued by the Spontaneous Movement reads, adding: “sooner or later you will regret your unconditional interaction with these terrorists because terrorism is not limited to a specific geographical area.”
The movement warns the international community and the United Nations to “hear the voices of Afghan women before it is too late and not to ignore the crimes committed by the Taliban.”
The Spontaneous Movement of Afghan Protesting Women has demanded the unconditional release of Narges Sadat by the Taliban.
Afghan female protesters have repeatedly criticized the international community’s policies towards the Taliban, advocating the “overthrow” of this group from power.
Protesting Against Misogyny is not a Crime
The new round of arrests by the Taliban provoked widespread reactions from Afghan female protesters. “Protesting against the Taliban’s misogynistic decrees is not a crime,” they say in the videos they’ve posted on social media, adding, by arresting and imprisoning female protesters, the Taliban “cannot silence our protesting voices.”
They also say that the Taliban has turned Afghanistan into a prison for women and other sections of the people, and the world will soon regret interacting with this terrorist group.
The UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Afghanistan, Richard Bennett, has reacted to the start of a new round of arresting female protesters in Afghanistan.
In a tweet, he announced the release of Parisa Mobarez and her brother, while demanding the immediate release of Narges Sadat from the Taliban detention.
“Protesting to #LetAfghanGirlsLearn is not a crime,” his other tweet reads.
Human Rights Watch also condemned the new round of arresting female protesters in Afghanistan, demanding their release.
Following the suppression of women’s street protests by the soldiers of the Taliban terrorist group in different cities of the country, female protesters hold most of their protests in roofed spaces. But nonetheless, the Taliban intelligence pursues and arrests protesting women.