MOSCOW, July 16 (Sputnik) – A prominent human rights watchdog on Monday denounced the deportations of Afghan asylum seekers at a time when the number of civilian casualties in the conflict-torn country has hit a new record as an “unconscionable” act and a “brazen” breach of international law. The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA)
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 12, 2018 A German minister known for strong antimigrant rhetoric is under pressure to resign over the suicide of a failed Afghan asylum seeker after he was deported from Germany. Germany’s opposition parties called on Interior Minister Horst Seehofer to step down a day after Afghan authorities said a 23-year-old
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 11, 2018 The German Interior Ministry says one of the 69 Afghan asylum seekers deported from Germany last week committed suicide on his return home. “We received confirmation from the Afghan authorities today morning that one of passengers on the repatriation flight was found dead in accommodation in Kabul,” the
AP: A plane carrying the men from Munich to Kabul landed in the Afghan capital early Wednesday. It was one of the largest collective deportation flights yet organized by Germany, which has vowed to step up the removal of people who don’t have a right to remain in the country. Click here to read more (external
Tolo News: Some of the returnees were deported by the Turkish authorities. Currently, there are 100,000 Afghans living in Turkey, according to Alima, deputy minister of refugees. Rights groups have criticized Turkey for deporting migrants back to conflict-torn countries, including Afghanistan, saying it was putting their lives at risk. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: The Afghan Minister of Refugees and Repatriation, Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi, said on Tuesday more than 300,000 Afghan refugees have returned home in the past five months. Addressing an event on the eve of World Refugee Day in Kabul, Balkhi said that since the beginning of 2018 more than 900 Afghan migrants have returned
DW: A German appraisal that Afghanistan remains “volatile” has rekindled a row over whether to reject asylum-seekers. Bavarian CSU conservatives want more expulsions. Asylum advocates want returns fully stopped. Click here to read more (external link).
1TV: Niloofar Rahmani, who became Afghanistan’s first female fixed-wing pilot in the country’s air force, has been granted asylum in the United States. Rahmani requested asylum in U.S. after completing 18-month training course in the country. She won asylum after 16-month wait. Click here to read more (external link).
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 22, 2018 German police say a 70-year-old German-Russian dual national has been arrested and accused of “politically motivated” attempted murder after he attacked three asylum seekers with a knife. The bloody attack, which occurred outside a church in the western city of Heilbronn on February 17, left a 17-year-old Afghan
Jafar Haand VOA News January 30, 2018 Afghanistan is asking the U.S. government to stop deporting Afghan nationals, saying it has no repatriation agreement with the United States. “We did not sign any such agreements with the United States of America,” Ahmad Shekib Mostaghni, spokesperson for the Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told the VOA