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17 Mar 2017 description

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.

10 Feb 2017 description

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.