Afghanistan’s Taliban have confined 18 staff members, including an American, from a not-for-profit bunch for purportedly teaching Christianity.
The Afghan-based Worldwide Help Mission (IAM) affirmed Friday that Taliban specialists had two times struck its office in focal Ghor territory this month and removed the staff. The cause, enlisted in Switzerland, said one outsider was among those kept, yet didn’t uncover that individual’s ethnicity.
A statement from the IAM stated, “We are unaware of the circumstances that led to these incidents and have not been informed of the reason for the detention of our staff members.”
“The prosperity and security of our associates are vital to us, and we are doing all that could be within reach to guarantee their wellbeing and secure their quick delivery,” it said, adding that the prisoners have been moved to the Afghan capital of Kabul.
Nearby media cited commonplace government representative Abdul Wahid Hamas as saying a few ladies, including an American, were among the prisoners. He went on to say that they were arrested on charges of “propagating and promoting Christianity” in Afghanistan.
On its website, the IAM states, “The nonprofit organization has only been working in Afghanistan to improve lives and build local capacity for health, community development, and education.” We are an organization between individuals of Afghanistan and global Christian workers, and we have been cooperating starting around 1966.”
Since taking power in Kabul from an Afghan government supported by the United States two years ago, the Taliban have implemented their strict interpretation of Islamic law, or Shariah. They have banned adolescent young ladies from schools past the 6th grade cross country and requested most female government workers to remain at home.
The Taliban have additionally restricted ladies from working for help associations in ruined Afghanistan. Ladies are not permitted to visit recreational areas, exercise centers or bathhouses, and a nearby male relative should go with them for long travels.
“The question of the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan is absolutely central to all concerns and will be one of the issues that will be very much in the agenda” of the General Assembly session this month, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters in New York this week.