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Pakistan abusing, threatening refugees: HRW

Pakistan abusing, threatening refugees: HRW

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Feb 13, 2017 - 11:12

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Pakistani authorities have been carrying out a campaign of abuses and threats to drive out nearly 600,000 Afghans since July 2016, an international rights group alleged on Monday.

The returnees included 365,000 registered refugees, making it the worldinfo-icon’s largest mass forced return of refugees in recent years, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report.

Back in their homeland, they now face spiraling armed conflict, violence, destitution and displacement, according to the 76-page report, “Pakistaninfo-icon Coercion, UN Complicity: The Mass Forced Return of Afghan Refugees”.

Through enhancing its “voluntary repatriation” programme and failing to publicly call for an end to coercive practices, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had become complicit in Pakistan’s mass refugee abuse, it said.

HRW asked the UN and international donors to press Pakistan to end the abuses, protect the remaining 1.1 million Afghan refugees and allow refugees among the other estimated 750,000 unregistered Afghans there to seek protection.

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