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Afghanistan: Civilian casualties show how unsafe it is for refugees to be returned

Attacks on civilians in the first three months of this year and the inability of the Afghan government to ensure their adequate protection show that Afghanistan remains an unsafe country for refugees to be returned to, Amnesty International said today. “At a time when civilian casualties remain high, with women and children suffering the worst of the violence, it is reckless of governments to claim that Afghanistan is safe for refugees to return,” said Horia Mosadiq, Amnesty International’s Afghanistan Researcher.

Date:
27 April 2017
  • News
  • Afghanistan
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

It has become dangerous to be a blogger or a journalist in South Asia

For all the differences South Asia’s countries insist on, they have depressingly similar attitudes when it comes to human rights. Over the past year, as Amnesty International documents in its Annual Report, civil society organisations have been harassed and shut down, journalists have been targeted, crude colonial-era laws have been unleashed against government critics, new laws have been invoked against critics online, and brutal practices have endured in areas afflicted by conflict.

Date:
1 March 2017
  • News
  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

Human rights violations endemic in South Asia

For all the differences South Asia's countries insist on, they have depressingly similar attitudes when it comes to human rights. Over the past year, as Amnesty International documents in its Annual Report, civil society organisations have been harassed and shut down, journalists have been targeted, crude colonial-era laws have been unleashed against government critics, new laws have been invoked against critics online, and brutal practices have endured in areas afflicted by conflict.

Date:
28 February 2017
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  • Afghanistan
  • Killings and Disappearances

Afghanistan: Attack on ICRC is a horrific crime

The killing of six employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in northern Afghanistan is a horrific crime, Amnesty International said today. “By targeting the ICRC, who devote their lives to helping people in desperate need, the perpetrators have demonstrated a horrific contempt for human life,” said Biraj Patnaik, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director. The killings in the northern Jowzjan province come a day after a suicide bomber killed more than 20 people at the entrance of Afghanistan’s Supreme Court in Kabul.

Date:
8 February 2017
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  • Afghanistan
  • Armed Conflict

Afghanistan: Taliban show contempt for civilian life

Reacting to Tuesday’s bomb attacks in Kabul that led to several civilian deaths, Amnesty International said: “Today’s Kabul bomb attacks indicate that the Taliban are pressing ahead with a gruesome campaign of violence that makes no effort to spare civilian lives. Targeting first responders in a car bomb that killed many people that were on the street shows a chilling contempt for human life. An immediate, impartial and independent investigation must be carried out to secure justice for the victims and their families,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director.

Date:
10 January 2017
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  • Afghanistan
  • Armed Conflict

Afghanistan: Attack on Shi'a mosque is a horrific crime

Reacting to the bombing of the Baqir-ul Ulom mosque in western Kabul, which killed at least 28 people and wounded 45 others, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director Champa Patel said: "The attack on a Shi'a mosque in Kabul is a horrific and deliberate attack on civilians. The Afghan authorities must investigate this crime immediately and bring the perpetrators to justice. They have a duty to take effective measures to protect Shi'a Muslims from attacks and end impunity for previous abuses against the Shi'a community.

Date:
21 November 2016
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Pakistan: Deportation of iconic 'Afghan girl' is a grave injustice

Reacting to Pakistan's decision to deport Sharbat Gula, the iconic 'Afghan girl' whose striking portrait adorned a 1985 cover of National Geographic magazine, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director Champa Patel said: "Pakistan’s decision to deport Sharbat Gula is a grave injustice. For decades, she was known as the world’s most famous refugee and seen as a symbol of Pakistan’s status as a generous host.

Date:
4 November 2016
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  • Afghanistan
  • Killings and Disappearances

Afghanistan: Killings of civilians in Ghor province is a horrendous crime

Responding to the news that nearly 30 civilians, including children, in the Firoz Koh district of Afghanistan’s Ghor province, were abducted and killed by an armed group suspected of links to the so-called Islamic State, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director Champa Patel said: “The abduction and killing of nearly 30 civilians, including children, is a horrendous crime. There can be no justification whatsoever for targeting and killing civilians under any circumstances.

Date:
26 October 2016
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Afghanistan: Civilians describe severe shortages of food and medicine in embattled Kunduz

The Afghan government and Taliban forces should urgently facilitate swift and unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief into Kunduz, where thousands of civilians are trapped in increasingly dire conditions, Amnesty International said today. The organization has interviewed medical workers and civilians stuck in Kunduz amid fighting after the Taliban launched an assault on 3 October. Kunduz residents have described grim scenes as food and water supplies have been exhausted and electricity was cut.

Date:
6 October 2016
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  • Afghanistan
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Afghanistan: Attack on aid agency is a war crime

“The attack by an armed group on the aid agency CARE International in Kabul is the deliberate targeting of civilians and constitutes a war crime. The cardinal rule of international humanitarian law is that parties to an armed conflict must never deliberately attack civilians,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director. “This is sadly the latest in a series of horrific attacks in the Afghan capital, leading to unlawful killing of civilians.

Date:
6 September 2016
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Human Rights Should Be at the Top of NATO’s Summit Agenda in Warsaw

Human Rights Should Be at the Top of NATO’s Summit Agenda in Warsaw NATO leaders meet for their summit in Warsaw Friday buffeted by crises and conflicts on all sides. Many of them could have been averted. From the global refugee crisis to conflicts across the world, much of today’s global instability stems from world leaders’ failure to adequately respond to human rights violations, especially if other political or economic interests are at stake.

Date:
8 July 2016
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  • Turkey
  • Asylum

Turkey: Refugees and asylum-seekers left to fend for themselves

Where do you go when you’ve lost everything and there’s nowhere left to turn? “I have four children, so I couldn’t save them all from drowning. One day later, I identified the dead bodies. ” Turkey is hosting 3 million asylum-seekers and refugees, the majority coming from Syria, but also from Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran. This represents an enormous share of the refugees fleeing war and persecution across the Middle East, while other countries are doing very little or trying to keep refugees out of their borders.

Date:
3 June 2016
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  • Afghanistan
  • Internally Displaced People

The Millions Left Behind in Afghanistan

Farzana shivers with her seven children in what has been her home for more than a decade in Chaman-e-Babrak, Afghanistan. This settlement in northern Kabul houses hundreds of displaced families who have been forced to flee the conflict between Afghan forces and their international allies and armed groups like the Taliban. A tarpaulin hangs over the edges of her small, damp, mud-brick hut where the windows and doors should be.

Date:
1 June 2016
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  • Afghanistan
  • Internally Displaced People

Afghanistan: Number of people internally displaced by conflict doubled to 1.2 million in just three years

The number of Afghans who have fled violence and remained trapped in their own country – where they live on the brink of survival – has dramatically doubled over the past three years, a new report by Amnesty International highlights. A staggering 1. 2 million people are internally displaced in Afghanistan today, a dramatic increase from some 500,000 in 2013. Afghans already form one of the world’s largest refugee populations, with an estimated 2.

Date:
31 May 2016
  • Research
  • Afghanistan
  • Internally Displaced People

Afghanistan: “My children will die this winter” Afghanistan’s broken promise to the displaced

The intensifying conflict in Afghanistan has taken a devastating toll on civilians. In just three years, the number of people who have been forced to flee their homes due to the war has more than doubled to some 1. 2 million today. Those internally displaced live in horrific conditions on the brink of survival, with little access to food, education or health care. The Afghan government and the international community must do much more to tackle the country’s growing displacement crisis.

Date:
31 May 2016
Ref:
ASA 11/4017/2016
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  • Greece
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‘I was the first Afghan refugee turned away at the border’

Masih from Afghanistan narrowly missed his chance to cross the Macedonian border at Idomeni, only to be trapped in Greece with thousands of others. Masih* (*not his real name) is a thin young man aged 30, smartly dressed in black trousers and jacket. You wouldn’t know he’s been sleeping rough for weeks, but his exhaustion and deep frustration are visible. After a long, lonely journey from Afghanistan through Iran and Turkey, he reached the Greek island of Lesvos by rubber boat and caught the ferry to Athens.

Date:
15 March 2016