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Bangkok, 26 June 2018, 10:00: On 30 of June 2018, the government-issued Proof of Registration (PoR) cards for Afghan refugees in Pakistan will again expire. This will be the third such expiry in 2018 alone. The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) urges the Pakistan Government to provide a long-term extension for Afghan refugees living in Pakistan.
The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) continues to have serious concerns over the severe lack of protection available to refugees upon returning to Afghanistan. According to local and international NGOs based in Afghanistan, returning refugees face a wide array of complex issues both immediately upon, and long-after their return. This includes but is not limited to: employment, land access, education, identification (Tazkira card), threats from warlords and Islamic State of Khorasan Province, child marriage and terrorism.
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.
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.
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