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Countries’ broken promises leave Afghans trapped and abandoned

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Report. Closed borders, deportations, confinements in third countries and push-backs. A new Amnesty International report reveals the world’s ‘welcome’ promise was a lie.

written by Giuliano Battiston

October 22, 2021

For Afghan women and men in danger, leaving their country is impossible, or nearly so. It’s an obstacle course, pure and simple—made so by the policies of regional governments and the broken promises of many others. These are political choices that increase the use of traffickers and irregular, expensive and dangerous routes.

This is what emerges from the latest Amnesty International short report published on Wednesday. The content is already in the title: Like an Obstacle Course. Thanks to a team of researchers in 13 different countries, the report analyzes government policies through mid-September in 27 countries, including those that contributed to the mid-August evacuation plan (from Albania to Uzbekistan, including Italy), and which, once that plan ended, “promised not to abandon the thousands of at-risk Afghans,” including “those named in the evacuation lists.”

Since then, however, “only few of........

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