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ISLAMABAD — An Afghan rights activist who has campaigned for ladies’ schooling has been arrested in Kabul, the United Nations stated on Tuesday.

The U.N. mission in Afghanistan stated Matiullah Wesa, founder and president of Pen Path — an area nongovernmental group that travels throughout Afghanistan with a cellular college and library — was arrested within the Afghan capital on Monday.

Native reviews stated Taliban safety forces detained Wesa after his return from a visit to Europe.

The U.N. urged authorities in Kabul to make clear Wesa’s whereabouts, causes for his arrest and guarantee his entry to authorized illustration and call with household. There was no fast phrase from the Taliban on the arrest.

Since their takeover of Afghanistan, the Taliban have imposed restrictions on girls’s and minority rights. Women are barred from college past the sixth grade and final yr, the Taliban banned girls from going to college.

Wesa’s brother, Attaullah Wesa, stated the Taliban forces surrounded their household’s home on Tuesday. They beat up the Wesas’ different two brothers, insulted their mom and confiscated the arrested activist’s cell phone.

Social media activists later created a hashtag to marketing campaign for Wesa’s launch. Many posts condemned his detention and demanded fast freedom for the activist.

Wesa has been outspoken in his calls for for ladies to have the appropriate to go to high school and study, and has repeatedly referred to as on the Taliban-led authorities to reverse its bans. His most up-to-date tweets about feminine schooling coincided with the beginning of the brand new educational yr in Afghanistan, with ladies remaining shut out of lecture rooms and campuses.

Wesa and others from the Pen Path launched a door-to-door marketing campaign to advertise ladies’ schooling.

“We now have been volunteering for 14 years to succeed in individuals and convey the message for ladies schooling, Wesa had stated in latest posts. “Through the previous 18 months we campaigned home to deal with to be able to eradicate illiteracy and to finish all our miseries,” he added.

The U.N. particular rapporteur for human rights in Afghanistan, Richard Bennett, stated he was alarmed by Wesa’s detention.

“His security is paramount & all his authorized rights have to be revered,” Bennett tweeted.

Additionally Tuesday, the Islamic State group claimed duty for a suicide bombing close to the international ministry in Kabul the day prior to this, when six individuals have been killed and a few dozen wounded. It was the second time this yr that IS staged an assault close to the ministry. In mid-January, the militant group killed 5 individuals there and wounded a number of others.

The regional IS affiliate — often called the Islamic State in Khorasan Province — is a key rival of the Taliban and has often focused Taliban officers and patrols, in addition to members of Afghanistan’s Shiite minority.

IS has elevated its assaults in Afghanistan because the Taliban takeover.