+++ Demonstration “Stop Deportations to Afghanistan” in Leipzig on Saturday, 25th of March, 2pm+++

—Press Release of Afghan Refugees from Leipzig—

Stoppt Abschiebungen nach Afghanistan“ is a self-organized demonstration by Afghan migrants and refugees against the deal between Germany and Afghanistan to send back Afghans and against the deportations to Afghanistan. It will take place Saturday, 25/03/2017 at 2 pm at Willy-Brandt-Platz, Leipzig.

“We are against these deportations and the deal between Germany and Afghanistan which make these deportations even much easier.” said Farhad one of the organizers. “You cannot find any place in Afghanistan and say this place is safe from Taliban, IS devotees, the U.S and Nato’s armies, air strikes and military drones or suicide attacks.” he continued.

Mohammad, another organizer, said: „No place in Afghanistan is safe from any kind of attacks. In November 2016 there was even a suicide attack on the German consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif. How can the governments of the two countries still follow this inhumane deal regardless of all these insecurities? Don’t human rights apply to us? Why should we be sent to insecurity again?”

Since 2014 the debates on deporting Afghans got higher. In 2015 Merkel visited Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan’s president. They agreed to make deportations to Afghanistan easier. The prospect of getting asylum in Germany has worsened ever since for Afghan asylum seekers. Now there are monthly official deportations to Afghanistan. To a coutry where Amnesty International, documented 8,397 conflict-related civilian casualties in the first nine months of 2016 (2,562 deaths and 5,835 injured). Pro-government forces – including Afghan national security forces, the Afghan local police, pro-government armed groups, and international military forces – were responsible for almost 23% of these incidents according to UNAMA.

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