THE government will have “blood on its hands” if it doesn’t stop deporting people to war-torn Afghanistan, the head of Amnesty International UK has said as the charity publishes a new report on the fate of those sent back.
More than three-quarters of Afghan asylum-seekers face deportation after the Home Office rejected their applications, according to the 45-page document, entitled Forced Back to Danger: Asylum-Seekers Returned from Europe to Afghanistan. It details cases of Afghans, including unaccompanied children and young adults, who have been returned from Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden and Germany only to be killed, injured or live in constant fear of persecution.
While Britain is not covered by the report, Amnesty states that just 518 Afghans were granted asylum last year out of 2,356 decisions made by the Home Office. A total of 80 Afghans were deported from this country in the same year.
Last month, the Home Office was forced to bring back Samim Bigzad, a 23-year-old who lived in Kent, after it had flown him to Istanbul en route to Kabul despite court orders that his deportation should be stopped.
He has been a carer to his father, who also lives in Kent, and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder after being tortured by the Taliban in the 1990s.
Amnesty International UK director Kate Allen said: “The recent unlawful removal of Samim Bigzad shows just how far the Home Office is prepared to go in putting the lives of people seeking asylum at risk.”