“Women and girls, journalists, and those belonging to minority and ethnic communities face heightened risks if deported from Pakistan to Taliban-ruled Afghanistan”, today said Amnesty International.
Amnesty International urged Pakistan must immediately halt deportations to prevented further escalation of this crisis.
Amnesty International added, Afghan refugees in Pakistan are facing mass detentions and deportations. Over 170,000 Afghans, many of whom have lived in Pakistan for years, have had to leave since the government gave an ultimatum for all ‘unregistered foreign nationals’ to depart Pakistan in October.
“A complete lack of transparency, due process & accountability on Pakistan government detention & deportation of Afghan refugees. Families are separated & women & girls are in direct danger of Taliban repression. this is a blatant action of refoulement & violation of international law”, Samira Hamidi, Campaigner Amnesty International said to their “X” page.
Many Afghans in Pakistan are now facing police raids demolition of their homes without due process. Detainees have been denied the right to a lawyer and communication with family members, leaving loved ones in the dark as to their whereabouts, said amnesty In.
Pakistan has recently announced that undocumented foreigners residing in the country must leave by November 1, 2023, or face deportation. Approximately 1.7 million Afghans are facing deportation from Pakistan.