Refugee Issues Raised With Iranian Diplomats in Kabul

The Ministry of Refugee and Repatriation said that more than 2,200 Afghan refugees were deported by Iran in the last day.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said that it has summoned diplomats of the Iran embassy in Kabul to share concerns about the situation of Afghan refugees in Iran.  

“The second deputy political minister of political affairs of the Foreign Ministry, Faizanullah Nasiri, met officials from the embassy of Iran in Kabul and discussed the misconduct of the Iranian border forces with the Afghan refugees,” a MoFA statement said.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Refugee and Repatriation said that more than 2,200 Afghan refugees were deported by Iran in the last day, and, according to the ministry, the number of Afghan deportees by Iran surpassed 14,000 last week.

“Around seven to eight million Afghan nationals went to Iran. The Afghan government should facilitate an environment so the people (Afghans) will not go to Iran,” said Sayed Abas Badrifar, Iran embassy’s press counselor.

“I went there and saw that the Iranian citizens and government were misbehaving with the us and I was forced to come back to my country,” said a deportee.

But what are the fundamental rights of the refugees based on international manners?

Political analyst Mujtaba Karimi told TOLOnews: “The mechanism of 1966 indicates that the refugees should be ensured basic rights and countries are obliged to provide the refugees with their rights”

“The forced deportation of the Afghan refugees by Iran contrasts with international commitments. Iran must treat Afghan refugees based on neighborly values,” said Sayed Haroon Hashimi, a political analyst.

Videos showing Afghan refugees facing harassment recently went viral on social media, but the Iran embassy in Kabul denied the issue.

Refugee Issues Raised With Iranian Diplomats in Kabul