Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty June 20, 2019 An Afghan human trafficker and three Bulgarian accomplices have received life sentences over the deaths of 71 migrants who suffocated inside a sealed refrigeration truck abandoned near an Austrian village in 2015. The ruling on June 20 by the Hungarian appeals court came after the Afghan ring leader,
“This deportation is emblematic of the cruel and dehumanising policies of many European governments” Massimo Moratti, Amnesty International Amnesty International: Eshan Abbasi (16) and his sister Taibeh (20) and brother Yasin (22), were deported from Norway to Istanbul on Saturday together with their mother. Due to her health condition, their mother is expected to be returned
1TV: A total of 185,000 Afghan refugees returned from Iran in the first five months of 2019, officials said Monday. Of the number, 100,000 were forced to leave the country while another 85,000 voluntarily returned, Afghanistan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation said. Demand for Afghan labor in Iran has drastically fallen as its economy has slowed
Al Jazeera: For a group of alienated young Afghan refugees in Iran, football proves a powerful force that gives them a much-needed boost in pride, identity and self-worth. They call their team ‘Wahdat’ meaning ‘unity’ and assemble a talented and determined squad. They overcome all the odds to form a team, obtain sponsorship and enter one of the
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 14, 2019 Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Iran’s powerful Guardians Council to adopt a proposed amendment that would allow Iranian women to pass on their nationality to their children. The New York-based human rights group made the call on May 14, the day after Iranian lawmakers approved what it
1TV: Squeezed by US sanctions, Iran on Wednesday warned that it may tell Afghan refugees to leave the country. Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that more than 3 million Afghans are living in Iran with 2 million having been employed, IRNA reported. He said that the refugees remove 3 to 5 billion euros annually
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty May 9, 2019 A European Council watchdog committee has accused German police of mistreating an Afghan man being deported back to his homeland by squeezing his genitals. “To ill-treat a person by squeezing the genitals, a technique which is clearly aimed at inflicting severe pain to gain compliance, is both excessive
BBC News: Hungary tried and failed to deport three Afghan families to Afghanistan on Tuesday, in a move that rights groups say is a breach of international law. It was intended to prove the right-wing Fidesz government’s resolve to fight what it calls “illegal migrants”. However, the European Court of Human Rights intervened in one family’s
Al Jazeera: Conflict has displaced millions of Afghans, many of whom have lived in squalid camps for decades, and face the threat of eviction. But the government has embarked on an ambitious project across several provinces which aims to properly house and register them. Al Jazeera’s Charlotte Bellis reports from Jalalabad.
By Ray Furlong RFE/RL’s Russian Service May 1, 2019 Mohammad Nasser was 10-years-old when he was brought from Afghanistan to the Soviet Union under a special program for orphans. Now he’s fighting a court battle to avoid deportation to a homeland he doesn’t know.