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As hopes of return dim, Afghans in India demand refugee standing

India shouldn’t be a signatory to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention or the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees.

Hundreds of Afghans living in India are protesting in opposition to the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and demanding refugee standing within the Hindu-majority nation.

The Afghan refugees rallied on Monday outdoors the UN refugee company (UNHCR) workplace in New Delhi, demanding justice and safety for the way forward for Afghan kids and ladies.

Most mentioned they fled to India greater than 10 years in the past however are nonetheless not recognised as refugees, preventing a posh bureaucratic registration course of.

The system strains underneath a years-long backlog as India shouldn’t be a signatory to the 1951 UN Refugee Convention or the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees.

2021 08 23T075919Z 258304026 Rc2Tap9Ydhvs Rtrmadp 3 Afghanistan Conflict IndiaPeople protest outdoors the UNHCR workplace in New Delhi [Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters]

As of 2019, Afghans accounted for about one-third of the nearly 40,000 refugees registered in India, in response to the UNHCR.

But there are various extra who usually are not registered with the company.

Demand for refugee standing among the many Afghan group in India has elevated with the Taliban taking management of the nation.

Many Afghans fear the Taliban will erase the beneficial properties, particularly for ladies, achieved within the many years for the reason that US-led invasion in 2001.

When the group ran the nation within the late 1990s, it imposed its harsh interpretation of Islamic jurisprudence, forcing a sequestered life for a lot of, significantly girls and women who have been forbidden from schooling and most employment.

This time, the Taliban is presenting itself as a extra average drive, providing amnesty to those that fought them and declaring the rights of girls will probably be honoured, in “accordance with Islamic law”.

2021 08 23T072233Z 550178763 Rc2Uap9Dallm Rtrmadp 3 Afghanistan Conflict IndiaAs of 2019, Afghans accounted for a couple of third of 40,000 refugees registered in India [Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters]

Meanwhile, an Indian Air Force airplane carrying 168 individuals from the Afghan capital, Kabul, landed at Hindon Air Force base near New Delhi on Sunday.

A spokesperson from India’s international ministry mentioned the passengers included 107 Indian nationals and 61 others, with out elaborating on the citizenship of the 61.

Another group of 87 Indians, who have been evacuated by the Indian Air Force from Kabul to Tajikistan on Saturday, landed at New Delhi airport on Sunday with two Nepalese nationals amongst them.

India started evacuating its nationals final Sunday after the Taliban swept into Kabul.

The Press Trust of India information company mentioned some 400 Indians are believed to be stranded in Afghanistan.

No official determine for what number of stay was out there.


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