Talks with Iran ongoing over mistreatment of refugees


The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations said that it has discussed the situation of Afghan refugees in Iran with officials at the Iranian embassy in Kabul.

“Although the Iranian government has pledged to respect the rights of migrants, unfortunately the truth is that migrants are still facing challenges there,” said Mohammad Arsalah Kharoti, deputy minister of Refugees and Repatriations. Videos on social media apparently showing the mistreatment and torture of Afghan refugees in Iran has provoked domestic and international reactions.

Social media users have denounced the mistreatment of Afghan immigrants in Iran and have called for the perpetrators to be punished.

“The mistreatment and harassment of Afghan refugees in Iran is unbearable. Human rights groups and other international organizations must investigate such incidents and take legal action to prevent them,” said a social media user.

Political analysts say that, based on international treaties and the United Nations, host countries must uphold the fundamental rights of migrants.

“The 1966 Cultural and Political-Social Charter stipulates that host countries must respect the fundamental rights of migrants and make their lives more comfortable,” said Mujtaba Karimi, a political analyst.

“The neighboring country must help the refugees in the current situation where the situation in Afghanistan is not good,” said Abdul Haq Hamad, a political analyst.

According to the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations, more than 6,000 Afghan refugees are repatriated daily from Iran, most of whom have been forcibly deported from Iran.—Tolo News


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