Monday, February 20, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Bärbel Kofler has urged the government to stop deporting rejected Afghan asylum seekers to their home country.
Some 12,000 have been asked to leave, despite Afghanistan not being considered a "safe countries of origin." Germany needs to reassess its integration policy, the Bundestag's human rights commissioner, Bärbel Kofler (SPD), said on Saturday, amid growing concerns over the deportation of rejected Afghan asylum seekers back to their home country. "The situation in Afghanistan hasn't changed," Kofler told the German "Passauer Neue Presse" newspaper. "Rather, it's the domestic political situation here that has changed. People shouldn't be the ones carrying the burden of this upheaval." Of the 250,000 Afghans living in Germany, 11,900 have been asked to leave the country since mid-December, according to the German Interior Ministry.
The policy has prompted outcry and protests across Germany, as large parts of Afghanistan remain violent and under Taliban control. The country is not on Germany's official list of "safe countries of origin." "The security situation in Afghanistan may vary from region to region, but one cannot say that the situation anywhere in the country is particularly good," Kofler said. She also indicated that many Afghan asylum seekers, legal or otherwise, had integrated successfully in Germany and "found their place in society." They, and the Germans who have supported them, cannot understand "why they are suddenly being torn away from their homes," she said. The issue of deportations has put the federal government at odds with some states. While deportations are a state matter, the federal government has made clear that it wants to play a bigger role in them. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party has been pushing for speedier repatriations of failed asylum seekers following December's terrorist attack on a Berlin Christmas market.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Faizabad (BNA) The flow of heavy snows and avalanches claimed the lives of 4 people and caused wounding of 8 others within the last two days in three districts of Badakhshan province.
Ahmad Jawed member of provincial council told BNA correspondent, two people were dead and three others wounded in heavy snows and avalanches in Kohistant and Yawan districts.
Farahnaz Pameri member of provincial council said, avalanches claimed the lives of two people, wounded a number of people in Sheghnan district and around 75 residential houses likely was under the avalanches threat and the residents have left their homes and fled to the neighboring villages.
Sayed Abdullah Hamayon Dehqan head of straggle against natural disaster of Badakhshan said, emergency committee seeks food and non-food assistance to the victims of the region.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Hundreds of families in Kabul received aids yesterday.
The aids have been provided by German People’s Assistance for Children in Afghanistan.
Head of the organization Eng. Mohammad Aalem Shahab said on this phase, 300 vulnerable and needy families were received assistance in Paghman district.
The aids included rice, flour, cooking oil, winter clothes and shoes for children.
According to deputy of the respective organization Mustafa Shahab, the organization will continue its assistance to needy and vulnerable families in the country.
He said thousands of families have been received food-stuff and clothes in various parts of the country.
The organization also helps in constructions of schools particularly in remote areas of the country.
According to local officials, the respective organization has also provided classrooms’ equipment such as table and bench to students in rural areas of the country. Construction of new buildings and renovation of studying rooms of Laghman University was also done by the organization.
Sunday February 19, 2017
Lashkargah City (BNA) At least 5 passengers were killed and 24 others were injured following traffic accident in southern Helmand province yesterday afternoon.
Omar Zawak spokesman of Helmand governor told BNA reporter, the incident took place when a passenger bus veered off the road and overturned in relevant areas of Garashk district, Lashkargah-Kandahar highway.
Meanwhile traffic officials said, high speed and carelessness of bus’ driver is the main reason behind the deadly event.
The health conditions of six injured of the incident are not satisfactory, doctors in a health center of Helmand told.