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Taliban releases two Individuals detained in Afghanistan – The Washington Put up


The Taliban launched two Individuals detained in Afghanistan on Tuesday in an association U.S. officers described as a “goodwill gesture” from the longtime U.S. adversary.

The prisoner launch occurred on the identical day the Taliban got here underneath withering worldwide criticism for its determination to droop college training for all feminine college students in Afghanistan within the newest crackdown on rights for ladies and women for the reason that group swept to energy final yr.

In welcoming the discharge of the prisoners, State Division spokesman Ned Value additionally condemned the Taliban’s training restrictions, saying it “ought to anticipate that this determination, which is in contravention to the commitments they’ve made repeatedly and publicly to their very own folks, will carry prices.”

Value declined to establish the names of the prisoners, citing respect for his or her privateness. One of many launched Individuals is Ivor Shearer, a filmmaker detained over the summer season whereas filming within the space the place al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed by a U.S. drone, stated a diplomat aware of the discharge.

The diplomat declined to supply particulars of the opposite American on the request of the particular person’s household.

The 2 prisoners arrived in Qatar on Tuesday earlier than being reunited with their households, stated officers, who like others spoke on the situation of anonymity to debate a delicate matter. Their launch was first reported by CNN.

The State Division declined to invest on whether or not the discharge of the prisoners was finished to minimize the anger of U.S. and Western governments concerning the clampdown on the rights of ladies and women within the nation. Value famous the “irony” of the goodwill gesture approaching the identical day of the training restrictions “will not be misplaced on us.”

Months after their takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021, the Taliban stated that women can be allowed to enroll in any respect ranges of training. However final March, on the day the brand new faculty yr started, Taliban officers proclaimed that lessons for all women above the sixth grade had been postponed indefinitely.

Amid indicators of dissent inside the Taliban management, officers stated that they’d be resumed as soon as a brand new plan had been readied to make sure training was performed “based on sharia and Afghan tradition.”

Many ladies attending universities had been allowed to proceed, though solely in gender-segregated school rooms.

In October, the Taliban stated that feminine college students might sit for college entrance exams, though they had been barred from no less than half of the programs of examine supplied, together with journalism, economics and engineering.

New decrees in November prohibited girls from utilizing already-segregated public baths, gymnasiums and public parks. They’re additionally barred from touring lengthy distances and not using a male family member and underneath orders to cowl their faces always when not at dwelling.

In keeping with a current United Nations evaluation, hundreds of ladies have misplaced authorities jobs, together with some who’ve been informed to show over their employment to a male relative.

Within the new order, dated Monday however launched Tuesday, Larger Training Minister Neda Mohammad Nadeem stated that greater training for ladies had been “suspended … till additional discover.”

The Worldwide Rescue Committee, which carries on humanitarian work in Afghanistan, referred to as it a “chilling step backwards for Afghanistan.”

With out the presence of women and girls in faculties and universities, the IRC stated in an announcement, “the way forward for Afghanistan stands to crumble. Efforts to rebuild Afghanistan within the wake of financial collapse might be undermined utterly. Many educated Afghans have already left during the last 18 months, and the nation is in pressing want of a future technology of docs, academics and civil servants.”

Once they had been in energy between 1996 and 2001, the Taliban prohibited all feminine training, and the institution of education for ladies was one of many few unalloyed achievements of the U.S.-backed Afghanistan governments that dominated till the militants returned to energy in 2021.

No nation on this planet acknowledges the Taliban because the legit authorities of Afghanistan, though some, together with Russia and China, have left their embassies open in Kabul and conduct common enterprise with the Taliban rulers.

The USA and most others, nonetheless, have frozen Afghan authorities belongings and stated there might be no recognition till the Taliban adjust to guarantees made on the time of their takeover, together with full rights for ladies and minorities.

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