Amnesty accuses Iran, Turkey of illegal Afghan migrant pushbacks

PARIS, 01 September 2022, (TON): Amnesty International said in a report “Iran and Turkey are preventing entry of Afghan refugees or forcibly returning them to face life-threatening risks under the Taliban regime, in violation of international law.”

Hundreds of thousands fled Afghanistan in August 2021 after the US left the country in a chaotic military pullout, allowing the hard-line Taliban Islamists to retake control.

But while many who assisted US forces in particular were airlifted out, the vast majority have had to flee by land, in particular toward Iran and eventually Turkey.

Amnesty said “many are poor and lack passports or other valid travel documents, making them especially vulnerable to border police who use threats or outright violence to keep them out or push them back.”

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