UNHCR spokesperson expresses alarm about Pakistan’s mass deportation plan of ‘undocumented overseas nationals’ – JURIST

Ravina Shamdasani, the spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on Friday, said that Pakistan’s plan to deport the “undocumented” remaining overseas nationals within the nation after November 1 must be suspended because it disproportionately impacts greater than one million undocumented Afghans who will stay in Pakistan submit the ultimate deadline.

Because the preliminary announcement of the mass deportation plan on October 3 this 12 months, greater than 59,780 people have left Pakistan to return to Afghanistan, citing worry of arrest as the explanation, based on a flash report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees  (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Over two million Afghans live in Pakistan with out correct documentation, amongst which at the very least 600,000 of them fled Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover in August 2021.

A lot of those that are going through the danger of deportation are probably at risk of being subjected to human rights abuses upon their return to Afghanistan. Shamdasani mentioned that “at specific threat are civil society activists, journalists, human rights defenders, former authorities officers and safety power members, and naturally girls and ladies as an entire,” recalling “abhorrent insurance policies” banning them from secondary and college training, working in lots of sectors and different facets of each day and public life.

Pakistan’s plan of mass deportation could result in potential violations of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and different worldwide human rights legal guidelines to which Pakistan is a celebration. Shamdasani famous that as Afghanistan already grapples with a dire humanitarian disaster, these mass deportations will worsen the situation as winter approaches.

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