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Refugee Day: Stop Deportations to Afghanistan!

European countries are deporting back young Afghans who have never set foot in the country, or not lived there since they were infants. European countries are deporting back mothers and fathers who are forced to leave their children behind.

On the occasion of today’s refugee day, we demand to end deportations to countries like Afghanistan.

“By deporting people to inhumane conditions to an extremely unsafe country, European governments are implementing a policy that is nothing but reckless, shameful and unlawful”, says Zuzana Pavelkova, Co-Spokesperson of FYEG. “As longs as European governments don’t act, civil disobedience will remain a legitimate and necessary answer to stop the deportation machinery.”

Thousands of Afghans have put in danger by forcibly deporting them to a country where they are at serious risk of torture, kidnapping, death and other human rights abuses. Unlike blasé EU politicians, many of pilots annually refuse to take charge of flights taking people back to Afghanistan, where violence is still rife following decades of war and occupation by Western military forces. 

European governments have arbitrarily called some areas of Afghanistan “safe,” relying on the idea of an Internal Flight Alternative. In other words, the authorities recognise that the person’s province of origin is dangerous, but expect them to live elsewhere in the country, in so called “safe” areas. For example, several European countries insist Kabul to be a safe place - as long as their own citizens don’t travel there, as the frequent travel warnings by Western embassies show.

“No part of Afghanistan can be considered safe”, states Katri Ylinen, Co-Spokesperson of FYEG. “The conflict is widespread and extremely volatile. Tens of thousands of civilians were killed and injured only in 2017, and thousands of people are at additional risk of other serious human rights violations such as torture or persecution”, Ylinen continues.

The total civilian toll last year in Afghanistan was 3,438 killed and 7,015 wounded, according to the UN. 27% of the deaths were in attacks directed at civilians. European countries and the European Union have been knowingly blind to these dangers. Federation of Young European Greens supports the call of human rights organizations such as Amnesty International, for a complete moratorium on all deportations to Afghanistan.

To learn more about how to stop a deportation flight, watch our video here