Taliban Releases Afghan Girls’ Education Activist Matiullah Wesa

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An Afghan rights activist who campaigned for girls’ education has been released from Taliban custody after seven months in jail. Matiullah Wesa, who advocated for girls’ access to education, was arrested in March on charges of “propaganda against the government.” He was released on Thursday and is on his way home, according to his brother. While his release is welcomed, there are still hundreds of other activists detained by the Taliban. Wesa, the founder of the nonprofit organization Pen Path, spent over a decade working to promote education and reopen schools in rural areas.

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