The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) urges the Government of Pakistan to act immediately to provide protection to registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Local media reports from across Pakistan highlight a recent spike in harassment, arbitrary arrest and bribery by law enforcement agencies towards Afghan refugees. In addition, during 2016 more than 300,000 refugees were forced to return to Afghanistan. They have been forced to return to live in insecure and vulnerable conditions.
The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) urges the Government of India to act immediately to provide protection to Rohingya refugees living in Jammu. Since November 2016, Rohingya living in Jammu have increasingly been subject to a campaign of negative propaganda and actions by local right wing hindu political party leaders and residents. This includes forced evictions, slow genocidal and hate campaigns, demonstrations, and restrictions on Rohingya attending their places of work.
Bangkok, 10 February 2017
On 8 February 2017, Pakistan state media reported that Afghan refugees residing in Pakistan have had their legal stay extended until the end of December 2017. The previous deadline for Afghan refugees to return to Afghanistan was 31st of March 2017. While this extension is welcome news to the international community and refugees themselves, it does not provide this vulnerable group with the long-term certainty of residence or protection that they require.
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) is submitting this briefing paper in advance of the 11th Senior Officials' Meeting of the Bali Process Ad Hoc Group. As a civil society network of nearly 300 members dedicated to protecting refugees, we are offering our analysis on the progress made since the Andaman Sea “crisis” in 2015.
ASIA PACIFIC REFUGEE RIGHTS NETWORK
The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) is an open and growing network consisting of more than 250 civil society organisations and individuals from 26 countries, committed to advancing the rights of refugees in the Asia Pacific region. The network is supported by a secretariat of five staff, based in Bangkok. APRRN's activities are structured into key areas of joint advocacy, capacity strengthening, resource sharing and outreach.