Amnesty Worldwide urges Pakistan to halt mass detention and deportations of Afghan refugees – JURIST

Amnesty Worldwide urged the Pakistani authorities to cease detentions, deportations and harassment of Afghan refugees on Friday.

Because the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, over 600,000 Afghans have fled the nation and resided in Pakistan with out correct documentation. In response, the Pakistani authorities imposed a deadline of November 1 for all “unlawful immigrants” to voluntarily go away the nation in mid-September. The federal government started detaining undocumented overseas individuals within the nation originally of November.

Below worldwide human rights legislation and the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment(UNCAT), nations are beneath an obligation to not return migrants to a rustic the place they might face torture, merciless, inhuman or degrading therapy or punishment and different irreparable hurt, also referred to as the precept of non-refoulement. It’s value noting that the non-refoulement precept applies to all migrants no matter their standing, as emphasised by the Workplace of the United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Pakistan has been a state party to the UNCAT since 2008 and ratified the UNCAT in 2010.

Because the announcement of the deportation plan, the federal government has arrange 49 detention centres to maintain detainees. In response to Amnesty Worldwide, the centres don’t shield the detainees’ rights to authorized illustration, liberty and a good trial. Citing concern of arrest in Pakistan, round 60,000 Afghan refugees left Pakistan, as reported by the United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Refugees. Numerous human rights teams, together with the Human Rights Watch and the OHCHR, have referred to as for the suspension of the deportation plan and condemned for the human rights abuse.

Among the many Afghan migrants, there are an estimated 200 Afghan journalists who’re monitored by the Taliban authorities. They consider that they might have been killed upon their return to Afghanistan. UN Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani stated that aside from journalists, girls and different civil actors are additionally at explicit threat if they’re pressured to return to Afghanistan.

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