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Amnesty International calls on Pakistan to immediately halt mass detentions and deportations of Afghan refugees

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati
Detained Afghan refugees sit in a bus during a late night search operation by the police personnel to identify allegedly illegal immigrants in the outskirts of Karachi on November 11, 2023. -(Photo by Asif HASSAN / AFP)

International Amnesty Organization has called on Pakistan to immediately stop the ongoing detention, expulsion, and harassment of Afghan migrants and refugees through a public statement.

In the statement released on Friday, November 10th, quoting Livia Saccardi, Deputy Regional Director for South Asia at Amnesty International, it is stated that, “If the Pakistani government does not immediately halt these expulsions, thousands of Afghans, especially women and girls, will be at risk of being deprived of access to security, education, and livelihood.”

She added that no one should be subjected to forced expulsion and “mass expulsion,” emphasizing that Pakistan should uphold its international legal obligations, including the principle of non-refoulement.

Amnesty International has continued to report that Pakistan has denied journalists access to dozens of Afghan migrant detention centres.

The organization states that these centres have not been established under any specific law, and in some, migrants have been deprived of the right to have legal representation or communicate with family members.

The organization further added, “To prevent further exacerbation of this crisis, Pakistan must immediately cease these expulsions.”

Amnesty International stated in this declaration that after September 17, 170,000 Afghan migrants and refugees have left Pakistan. From November 1 onwards, the police have been directly detaining “illegal” migrants under the 1946 law beyond mere registration.

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