Accessibility links

Breaking News

HRW Asks Iran Not To Expel Afghans


An Afghan woman who was repatriated from Iran looks on with other returnees at a provincial refugee agency premises in Herat, in eastern Afghanistan, in 2012.
A rights watchdog has asked Iranian authorities not to carry out their plan to expel hundreds of thousands of Afghans whose visas expired on September 6.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on September 9 that due to a lack of security in Afghanistan and the absence of a fair asylum process in Iran, any mass deportation of Afghans would amount to a "serious violation of international law."

Tehran said in August that all Afghans living in Iran illegally or with temporary visas should leave the country by September 6 or face imprisonment and ultimate deportation.

It was unclear whether Iran had gone ahead with its plan.

Afghan officials said they had asked Tehran to extend the deadline and that they are still waiting for a response.
  • 16x9 Image

    RFE/RL

    RFE/RL journalists report the news in 26 languages in 22 countries where a free press is banned by the government or not fully established. We provide what many people cannot get locally: uncensored news, responsible discussion, and open debate.

XS
SM
MD
LG