Amnesty International condemns forced return of Afghan asylum seekers from Europe. Amensty International said in Kabul that forced return of Afghan are at risk of torture, kidnapping and death in war-torn Afghanistan.
Almost 9,500 Afghans went back to their homeland in 2016 after their applications for asylum in Europe were rejected, compared with nearly 3,300 a year earlier.
The influx of returnees from Europe coincided with rising civilian casualties in Afghanistan’s bloody conflict as Afghan security forces struggle to beat back Taliban and Islamic State terrorists in the country.
Civilian casualties stayed at record highs in the first half of 2017 as the war enters its 16th year. Amnesty called on European countries to suspend further deportations until the situation in Afghanistan permits returns to take place in safety and dignity.
The report comes after Germany resumed deportations last month, after suspending the process when a huge truck bomb hit the Afghan capital Kabul on May 31, killing about 150 people and wounding hundreds more.