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Turkiye pushing back Afghans at Iran border, HRW says

KABUL: Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said in a report that Turkiye was routinely pushing back tens of thousands of Afghans at its land border with Iran or deporting them directly to Afghanistan with little or no examination of their claims for international protection.
“Human Rights Watch also found that Afghans inside Turkiye are being blocked from registering for international protection and that Afghans facing imminent deportation are often given no opportunity to make refugee claims,” the report reads.
According to the report, Turkiye deported 44,768 Afghans by air to Kabul in the first eight months of 2022, a 150 percent increase over the first eight months of 2021.
Meanwhile, some Afghans who have recently been deported from Turkiye spoke of the bad behavior of the Turkish police during their return to the country.
“They treated us really badly, they beat us, they beat us in a way that we have never faced in our life,” Ehsanullah, a deported Afghan from Turkiye told Tolonews, the private TV channel.
“We said that we had come to work and because of the troubles we had, we came to Turkiye for employment. We didn’t want to be deported, we didn’t accept deportation,” said another deported Afghan from Turkiye.
According to some experts in international relations, the deportation of Afghan refugees from other nations including Turkiye, Pakistan, and Iran constitutes a violation of the conventions and laws governing refugee affairs.
“Forcible deportation of Afghan immigrants from Turkiye, Iran, and Pakistan is a clear violation of international laws and agreements in the affairs of refugees and might significantly endanger these Afghans’ lives and dignity,” said Nasir Ahmad Tareki, an expert in international relations. Earlier, the Ministry of Refugee and Repatriations said that Turkiye has promised not to deport Afghan refugees, and, for this purpose a joint commission between Kabul and Ankara has been established to solve the problem of refugees. The Kabul Times

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.