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UNHCR Urges Sri Lanka To Stop Deporting Asylum Seekers To Pakistan

Aug 03, Colombo: The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR expressed deep concern yesterday about the recent deportation of Pakistani asylum seekers from Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan Department of Immigration and Emigration has confirmed that 18 asylum seekers of Pakistani origin who were registered with UNHCR were deported in the last two days, the UNHCR said in a statement. There are fears that 10 more people ...

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Australia Sends Asylum Seekers To Nauru

Australia has secretly flown 157 asylum-seekers to a detention camp on the Pacific island of Nauru, under the country's hardline immigration policy. 157 ethnic Tamil men, women and children were flown on Friday night from the remote Curtin Detention Center in Western Australia state to an Australian-run immigration detention camp in Nauru. Lawyers representing many of the asylum-seekers, who had challenged ...

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Palestinian double-refugees struggle in Gaza

Gaza City, Palestine - "Death was all over the place. Projectiles were not stopping … we miraculously fled the camp." This is how Palestinian refugee Alaa Barakat described his last moments in Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus in December 2012. Barakat lived in the camp with his wife and two children, a three-year-old and a five-month-old. The Yarmouk camp, which previously housed more than 160,000 Palestini ...

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Tajikistan Diplomat Injured In Kunduz Attack

FAIZABAD/KUNDUZ CITY: A diplomat from neighbouring Tajikistan was injured in a gun attack in northern Kunduz province, officials said on Saturday. Tajikistan Consul Rustam Makhmudov’s vehicle came under attack on his way to Kunduz province on Friday afternoon, the Badakhshan governor’s spokesman said. Ahmad Naveed Frotan told Pajhwok Afghan News Makhmudov was evacuated to the Doctors Without Borders Hospita ...

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Afghanistan Looks To Resolve Hanging Of Nationals In Iran

Afghanistan's Foreign Ministry is expressing confidence it can reach agreement with Iranian authorities to stop hanging Afghan nationals found guilty of crimes in Iran. Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman Shekib Mustaghni told Radio Free Afghanistan on May 10 the Afghan government has been raising the issue for months in discussions with Iranian officials. Mustaghni recalled just over a month ago four Afghan ...

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Leftist rebels release 36 hostages in S. Philippines

  DAVAO CITY, Philippines, May 5 - Leftist rebels have released 36 civilians whom they held hostage in the southern Philippine province of Compostela Valley, a military official said Monday. Captain Ernest Carolina, the spokesman of the Philippine Army's 10th Infantry Division, said negotiations are ongoing to release three others who are still being held captive by the NPA. "The three hostages are all ...

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Authorities begin issuing Electronic passports in Paktika

SHARANA - The authorities on Saturday said they had started issuing electronic passports to people in southeastern Paktika province. Paktika police chief Brig. Gen. Nabi Jan Mullakhel told reporters in Sharana, the provincial capital, that the new passports were valid for five years and had no chance to be forged. Abdul Sattar Chamkani, the deputy passport section head at the police headquarters, told Pajhw ...

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Australia Unmoved by U.N. Critique of Asylum Seeker Policy

  Jakarta - Australia's immigration minister dismissed on Wednesday United Nations' criticism of its asylum seeker policy, even as fresh evidence emerged of abuses at one of its detention centers in Papua New Guinea. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison hit back after the regional representative for U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said that Australia's policy of sending asylum seekers to third countries for l ...

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UN Refugee Chief to Visit Iran for Talks about Afghans

New York - UN refugee chief Antonio Guterres visits Iran on Monday for talks with officials on the plight of hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees, the UNHCR said in a statement. The visit comes ahead of transition in Afghanistan, where a presidential election is due to take place in April and as US-led NATO forces prepare to leave the country by the end of 2014. "With the transition in Afghanistan in 20 ...

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Afghanistan-Iran Relations

Afghan and Iranian presidents Hamid Karzai and Hassan Rouhani discussed bilateral relations between the two countries in a meeting on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. According to the reports, both Afghan and Iranian presidents discussed Afghanistan’s peace process, Bilateral Security Agreement with the US and status and conditions of the Afghan mig ...

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The Harrowing Situation of Afghan Refugees

According to the reports, Iranian authorities have deported 1,500 Afghan youth immigrants to pressurize their families to leave the country. Herat immigration officials have said that the children deported from Iran are aged between 10 and 18 and many of them get separated from their families that are living in Iran. Afghan officials say that presently over two million Afghan immigrants are living in Iran w ...

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Issues of Returnees in Limbo

More than three-decades of bloodshed in the country has destroyed public properties and damaged the whole infrastructure which has to be rebuilt but would take several years. In the years of violence the big loss was definitely the departure of Afghans from homeland in order to save their skins as well as their dear ones. The conflicts had compelled millions of Afghans to leave their ancestral lands and liv ...

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Iran Must Be Taken Accountable

Once again the execution of Afghan citizens in Iran on charges of drug trafficking surfaced the news. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) voiced concerns over violation of Afghans’ rights in Iran and the executions taken recently. According to media reports, the residents of northern Takhar province participated in funeral of five Afghan citizens who were executed in Iran lately. In ...

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