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AFGHANISTAN

Human Rights Issues

  Overview Death penalty
  Torture/Ill-treatment Arbitrary detention
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  Refugees

11.03.2008 - Source: US Department of State

Government does not officially grant refugee status or asylum but accepts the presence of the UNHCR and it’s mandate to deal with refugees and asylum ("Country Report on Human Rights Practices 2007") [ID 24012]

"Although the constitution states that all matters related to asylum will be regulated by law, and the government ratified the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees and its 1967 protocol, the laws do not provide for the granting of asylum or refugee status in accordance with the Convention and its 1967 protocol, and the government has not established a system for providing protection to refugees.
While the government did not officially grant refugee status or asylum, it did accept the UNHCR's presence in the country and recognize the UNHCR's mandate to deal with both refugees and asylum. The UNHCR issued letters to individuals confirming their refugee or asylum status and the Supreme Court similarly recognized refugees under the Shari'a, such as conversion to Islam. Through these means, the UNHCR and the government provided legal and material assistance to asylum seekers and refugees from Iran, Iraq, and other countries. In practice, the government provided protection against refoulement, the return of persons to a country where there is reason to believe they feared persecution."

Document(s): Open document

11.03.2008 - Source: US Department of State

350 to 500 Pakistani families fled sectarian violence in Pakistan’s Kurram Agency and crossed the border into Khost and Paktia provinces ("Country Report on Human Rights Practices 2007") [ID 24013]

"In December an estimated 350 to 500 Pakistani families fled sectarian violence in Pakistan's Kurram Agency and crossed the border into Khost and Paktia provinces. The government, the Afghan Red Crescent Society, and the international community provided food aid and nonfood items to the families."

Document(s): Open document