UN expresses concern over mistreatment of Afghan civilians in Pakistan

UN concerned about afghan refugees in Pakistan
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The UN human rights chief has expressed concern over reports of ill-treatment, arbitrary arrest, detention, destruction of property and personal belongings of Afghan civilians during their forced eviction from Pakistan.

According to the report, he said in a statement that this new development contradicts Pakistan’s decades-old tradition of generously hosting large numbers of Afghan refugees.
According to the statement, the UN Human Rights Office received complaints from Afghan towns across the border alleging that they were ill-treated by Pakistani authorities.

He further said that unjustified arrests and detentions are against Pakistan’s obligations under international law.

On the other hand, UNHCR and IOM, in a joint statement on the issue of arrest and detention of Afghan citizens from September 15 to November 11, said that the rate of arrest of Afghan civilians has increased significantly, while in this regard, travel Undocumented Afghan nationals are the most affected.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights appealed to the government of Pakistan to suspend the repatriation program of Afghan nationals until an individualized assessment procedure and other measures required under international law are implemented. .

He appealed to investigate complaints of abuse by law enforcement officers.

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