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Afghan Activist Neda Parwani and Husband Released from Taliban Prison

Afghan activist Neda Parwani and her husband were released from Taliban custody on Thursday, December 14, after nearly three months of detention.

Parwani, a member of the “Self-Organized Women’s Protest Movement,” was arrested by the Taliban on September 28, 2023, along with her husband and young child. Her child was released shortly after her arrest.

A member of the women’s protest movement, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Parwani and her husband were released on bail.

The Taliban has not yet commented on the release.

Parwani’s release is a welcome development, but it comes amid continued concerns about the Taliban’s treatment of women and human rights in Afghanistan. The Taliban has imposed a number of restrictions on women, including bans on education and employment in many sectors.

Parwani is a vocal advocate for women’s rights in Afghanistan. She has been a leading figure in the women’s protest movement, which has staged demonstrations against the Taliban’s restrictions.

Her release is a sign that the Taliban may be willing to make concessions to international pressure. However, it remains to be seen whether the Taliban will continue to release other women activists who have been detained.