The UN and the Human Rights Watch (HRW) have demanded the immediate launch of an inquiry into the disappearance of two Afghan activists, who were reportedly abducted from their homes, the media reported.

In a statement on Sunday, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) expressed grave concerns over the “disappearance of two Afghan women activists, Tamana Zaryabi Paryani and Parawana Ibrahimkhel, reportedly abducted from their homes overnight on Wednesday (January 19)”, reports TOLO News.

“We urge the Taliban to provide information on their whereabouts and to protect the rights of all Afghans,” UNAMA said.

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Paryani and Ibrahimkhel had staged demonstrations in support of women’s rights in Kabul.

“We are deeply concerned about the where- abouts of the two protesters who were arrested on Wednesday night. It has been four days now that they have been missing and there is no information. The Taliban have denied that they have taken these women, but they also haven’t indicated that they have any knowledge of their whereabouts or any plan to try to locate them,” said Heather Barr, Associate women’s rights director of the HRW. Meanwhile, some women’s rights activists staged gatherings in the capital Kabul and central province of Bamiyan, where they called for the release of Paryani and Ibrahimkhel.

“We are not aware of the location of the women who have been detained despite five days passing. Why is everyone silent… at least inform us about their health conditions,” said a participant. “We call on the UN to hear the voice of Afghan women, especially the voice of female protesters, because protesting is the right of every citizen.

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