Afghanistan wants returning refugees from Iran gradually
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 20
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Afghanistan President says turning of refugees from Iran gradually is one of the government's top priorities.
According a report released by Afghanistan's President Office on April 20, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said during a speech among some of Afghani refugees in Iran that "Mechanism must be sought for gradual return of Afghan refugees".
Above one million Afghani refugees live in Iran.
Iran's Director General of the Bureau of Aliens and Foreign Immigrants, Aziz Kazemi said last September that about 840,000 registered Afghan refugees in Iran are going to face mandatory deportation.
The validity of about 840,000 Afghan citizens' legal documents expired on September 6, Kazemi said, adding that they should leave the country.
On September 10, Human Rights Watch (HRW) expressed its disapproval of the Iranian government's recent announcement that it would deport thousands of undocumented Afghan refugees living in Iran. HRW officials urged the Iranian government to reconsider its decision and other methods of resolving the refugee issue.
HRW urged the government to abide by the norms and stipulations outlined in the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, both of which Iran became a signatory of in 1976. The humanitarian watchdog asked Iran to give proper treatment and provision to the Afghan refugees as per the United Nations-backed international agreements.