Taliban arrest education campaigner in Kabul
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PenPath Foundation expresses concerns over prolonged detention of founder Matiullah Wesa

PenPath Foundation has expressed concerns about the continued detention of its founder Matiullah Wesa.

In a statement on Monday, PenPath said that Wesa has been detained for 114 days “without any just cause”.

PenPath said:

“Afghan tribal leaders, scholars, people, and followers of Wesa have repeatedly asked about his unlawful detainment?

“There is no clarity about his case, as the case is recently transferred fem GDI to the Ministry of Interior’s Criminal Offense Division, even though he should have been released by now.”

PenPath calls on the Taliban to immediately free Wesa and allow him to continue his work.

Wesa, who had been advocating for girls’ education was detained in March. Despite calls from human rights organisations, the Taliban has refused to comment on his status or release him.