Afghans allege Iran police involved in attacks on refugees

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A Kabul lawmaker is accusing Iranian authorities of involvement in latest assaults on Afghan refugees in Iran, incidents which have sparked protests in Afghanistan and elsewhere

KABUL, Afghanistan —
An Afghan lawmaker accused Iranian authorities on Monday of involvement in latest assaults on Afghan refugees in Iran, incidents which have sparked protest rallies in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

The lawmaker, Abdul Sattar Husseini, informed The Related Press that he’s a part of a authorities group investigating complaints that authorities in Iran had mistreated Afghans dwelling there, together with in an incident earlier this month in Yazd province when three Afghans died after their automobile was shot at — allegedly by police — and set on fireplace.

In one other incident, a big group of Afghan migrants was captured by Iranian border police final month, he mentioned. Some from the group who obtained away later recounted that not less than two dozen amongst them have been allegedly pushed right into a river by Iranian policemen and drowned. Tehran has vehemently dismissed the allegations.

Greater than 1 million Afghans dwell as refugees in Iran having fled 4 many years of struggle of their homeland. Iran has been accused of forcing Afghans again throughout the border into Afghanistan.

Additionally, a graffiti has surfaced in Kabul to protest the Yazd deaths, inscribed with the phrases “We won’t breathe” within the Dari language — a homage to the final phrases of George Floyd, the African American who died when a white police officer knelt on his neck, killing him. The slaying has despatched shock waves internationally and sparked protests towards racism and police brutality.

The Worldwide Workplace of Migration says greater than 200,000 Afghans have returned from Iran because the starting of the 12 months. Iran has since recorded the very best variety of coronavirus infections, over 189,000 and eight,950 deaths. Afghanistan has reported over 25,000 instances and 482 deaths though well being officers and assist organizations concern the toll is way larger as little testing is being finished.

The Yazd incident sparked protests earlier this month in Kabul, outdoors the Iranian Embassy, and there have additionally been related rallies in a number of European cities and Canada.

Husseini, the lawmaker, mentioned the federal government group would current a report later this week to Parliament. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani mentioned Sunday {that a} delegation would go to Iran to have a bigger dialogue concerning the dwelling situation of Afghan refugees in Iran and methods to enhance the ties between the 2 neighbors.

Iran’s Overseas Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi mentioned Monday that the Afghan ambassador to Iran had been summoned and informed that Tehran considers the rally outdoors the Iranian Embassy in Kabul harmful.

Mousavi mentioned Tehran is cooperating with Kabul to “to reply questions and clear up obscurities,” and claimed some, together with the overseas media, are “making the most of this case.”

Afghan Najibullah Kabuli, one of many organizers of the Kabul protest, mentioned the demonstrators sought an unbiased inquiry into the incidents involving Afghans dwelling in Iran.

“We’re not happy with the efforts of the Afghan authorities,” mentioned Kabuli.

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Related Press writers Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran, and Kathy Gannon in Islamabad contributed to this report.

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