KABUL: The UN Assistant Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said top envoy Deborah Lyons met the acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amir Khan Muttaqi, where Lyons conveyed “Global outrage over fate of missing Afghan women activists”.
“He assured Deborah Lyons of efforts to resolve issue,” UNAMA said in a tweet. “His constructive approach welcomed. UN continues to engage Taliban to support welfare & rights of all Afghans.”
Zahra Mohammadi, Mursal Ayar, Tamana Paryani and Parwana Ibrahimkhil are the four female activists who went missing over the past month.
The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also expressed concerns over the destiny of missing women.
“I am increasingly concerned about the well-being of missing women activists in Afghanistan. Several have ‘disappeared’, some not heard from in weeks. I strongly urge the Taliban to ensure their safety so that they can return home,” he said.
The disappearance of women’s rights activists faces a strong reaction by the international community.
“Australia shares the international community’s concerns about the well-being of women activists in Afghanistan,” Australia interim mission to Afghanistan said.
The Islamic Emirate has repeatedly denied the detention of female activists, saying that an investigation is underway to find information about the missing women.