Amnesty condemns 'forced' returns of Afghan asylum seekers

Amnesty condemns 'forced' returns of Afghan asylum seekersA surge of failed Afghan asylum seekers “forcibly” returned from Europe are at risk of torture, kidnapping and death in war-torn Afghanistan, Amnesty International said Thursday. Almost 9,500 Afghans went back to their homeland in 2016 after their applications for asylum in Europe were rejected, compared with nearly 3,300 a year earlier, the human rights group said. The figure covers asylum seekers who were detained and then deported from European countries, and those who “ostensibly voluntarily” returned with financial assistance, Amnesty said.

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