ALBAWABA - The Taliban arrested Matiullah Wesa, the founder of a project that campaigned for girls' education in Afghanistan, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said.
Matiullah Wesa, who's the head of PenPath initiative and an advocate for girls' education in Afghanistan, was arrested in the capital Kabul on Monday.
Matiullah Wesa, head of @PenPath1 and advocate for girls’ education, was arrested in #Kabul Monday. UNAMA calls on the de facto authorities to clarify his whereabouts, the reasons for his arrest and to ensure his access to legal representation and contact with family. pic.twitter.com/D6N1mjWxLv— UNAMA News (@UNAMAnews) March 28, 2023
The UNAMA asked the Taliban to clarify his whereabouts and the reasons behind his arrest. It also asked the government to ensure his access to legal representation and contact with family.
His brother Samiullah Wesa told AFP that Matiullah was arrested after finishing his prayers outside the mosque "when he was stopped by some men in two vehicles."
Hashtags "#FreeWesa and #ReleaseMatiullahWesa" were released online calling the Taliban government to release Wesa.
Since the Taliban's takeover the power in Afghanistan in August 2021, girls' schools were shut down and females were banned from access to their basic rights including education and work.