Today, Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report said that it has been six months since disappearance of Ali Azizi, the women’s prison director in Herat, Afghanistan, and is feared to have been forcibly disappeared.
“Taliban authorities should promptly and credibly investigate Azizi’s enforced disappearance and release her from custody or make her whereabouts known,” HRW said.
Family of Azizi has urged Herat governor’s office, the head of the police station, and the head of Herat prison to locate her, and has asked the Taliban authorities to investigate.
Though Taliban have said that they consider the issue a family matter and will not intervene.
“Enforced disappearances are an egregious crime that will persist in Afghanistan unless the Taliban authorities get serious about ending this cruel practice and bringing those responsible to justice,” Fereshta Abbasi, Afghanistan researcher at Human Rights Watch said.
HRW added that Azizi’s case illustrates the failure of Taliban authorities to investigate serious allegations of human rights violations.
“Rather than deny that such abuses occur, they (Taliban) should adopt concrete measures to deter serious abuses by their security forces and respond promptly to allegations with impartial investigations and appropriate prosecutions,” HRW urged the Taliban.
Six months ago, when the Taliban requested Alia Azizi to return to her job, she went missing and yet no body knows about her whereabouts and situation.