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UN calls for ban on forced return of Afghan nationals

The UN Refugee Agency has called for a ban on forced returns of Afghan nationals, including asylum seekers who have had their claims rejected.

This comes as the security and human rights situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate, with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) calling for all states to halt forcible returns of Afghan nationals.

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The UNHCR has expressed its concerns over the risk of human rights violations against civilians, including women and girls, those who have had a past with the Afghan government, international organisations or with the international military forces.

Over 550,000 Afghans have been displaced throughout the nation since the beginning of the year as a result of the conflict.

With the situation remaining uncertain, states have been told to respect the principle of non-refoulment at all times, which prohibits the returning of people to situations of danger.

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The advisory against forced returns for Afghan asylum seekers will remain in effect until security, rule of law and human rights conditions improve enough to allow for a safe return.

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