Richard Bennett calls Matiullah Wesa’s detention unjustified, urges for unconditional release

UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan, Richard Bennett, has expressed concerns over Matiullah Wesa’s detention by the Taliban, urging for his immediate and unconditional release.

“The continued detention for at least 114 days without charge of Matiullah Wesa, founder of PenPath, is arbitrary and unjustified,” Bennett said in a tweet on Tuesday.

“He has the right to access a lawyer and be visited by his family and I again call for his immediate and unconditional release.”

Wesa, who had been advocating for girls’ education, was detained in March.

Despite calls from human rights organizations, the Taliban has refused to comment on his status or release him.

This has led to a lack of clarity on his safety.

On Monday, PenPath Foundation expressed concerns about the continued detention of its founder Matiullah Wesa, calling on the Taliban to immediately free Wesa and allow him to continue his work.