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Pakistan must stop harassment and arbitrary arrests of Afghanistan refugees: Amnesty International

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Amnesty International (AI), a world human rights group, urged Pakistan’s authorities on Tuesday to stop their harassment and arbitrary arrests of Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

A mess of Afghans have fled to Pakistan in worry of persecution after the Taliban took over Afghanistan in 2021. They fled to Pakistan with the purpose of constructing new lives within the nation or persevering with onto a 3rd nation by way of Pakistan. Shortly after the takeover, Pakistan offered free movement for these fleeing Afghanistan, as international locations like Iran required journey paperwork and visas to enter. Nevertheless, in keeping with AI, since then Pakistan’s authorities has subjected Afghan refugees to “waves of arbitrary detentions, arrests, and the specter of deportation.”

In a May 2022 JURIST interview Najla Raheel, an Afghan lawyer, described the problem and worry which drove many to flee Afghanistan across the time the Taliban took over. In Tuesday’s assertion, an Afghan refugee beforehand employed by the Ministry of Inside in Afghanistan informed AI that the Pakistani police raided his house and the houses of different Afghans in Islamabad, Pakistan. He acknowledged that the Pakistani police additionally detained about 20 different Afghans and “took our passports and wallets from us, after which searched our our bodies a number of occasions. They detained even these of us that had legitimate visas and had been within the nation legally.”

In calling on the UN Excessive Fee for Refugees, Pakistan and third international locations providing Afghans relocation schemes to expedite the registration and issuance of visas, AI’s Deputy Regional Director for South Asia Dinushika Dissanayake acknowledged, “[It] is deeply regarding that the state of affairs of Afghan refugees in Pakistan just isn’t receiving due worldwide consideration….Their ambiguous authorized standing and arduous processes for asylum or third nation relocation have made them much more susceptible.”

Whereas international locations such because the US, Germany and Canada have provided Afghans with relocation schemes, visas can’t be issued in Afghanistan as a consequence of a scarcity of diplomatic illustration within the nation. As well as, Pakistani authorities typically depend on the Foreigners Act, 1946 to detain Afghans with legitimate paperwork.

This isn’t the primary time that Pakistan has been urged to cease arresting Afghans. Lately on June 7, Afghanistan’s embassy in Islamabad called on Pakistan to stop its arrests of Afghan refugees.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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