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Amnesty International calls on Pakistan to stop deportation of Afghan refugees

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Kabul: Amnesty International has called on Pakistan to stop deportations and detentions of Afghan refugees.

In a statement, Amnesty International said the action by Pakistan began while Afghanistan was in a humanitarian crisis. Amnesty International stressed that Pakistan must respect the rights of Afghan refugees. It asked Pakistan to stop the process of deporting and detaining Afghan refugees. It stated that the deportation poses a significant threat to the human rights of Afghan women and girls.

The statement adds, “For decades, tens of thousands of Afghan refugees have made Pakistan their home. However, this recent decision will force Afghans back to danger in Afghanistan”.

“Notably, the deportation pose a significant threat to the human rights of Afghan women and girls, including their rights to education, work, and freedom of movement. For most Afghan women and girls, their only chance of gaining formal education is through staying in Pakistan,” it added. Alireza Karimi, a refugee’s rights activist, said the statement of the United Nations Office also included that the Pakistan police by misbehaving and harassing elderly people can have a “very negative effect” on the mood and mental state of Afghan refugees. Political analysts do not believe that Pakistan’s action is appropriate in the current situation.

“The statement of the United Nations office also mentions that the Pakistani police, by misbehaving, extorting refugees, and harassing elderly people, homeless women and children, can have a very negative effect on the mood and mental state of Afghan refugees,”. The deportees said that they were forced to leave everything behind in Pakistan and are now facing dire conditions.
Earlier in October, Pakistan announced it would expel over 1.73 million undocumented Afghan refugees after November 1. Meanwhile, the deportees raised concerns about their situation as the weather is getting cold in many areas of Afghanistan.
The spokesman for the Taliban-led Kabul security department, Khalid Zadran, said that they have made preparations to help the Afghans being deported from Pakistan.

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