Press Release on Reported Abuse and Drowning of Afghan Refugees Aiming to Cross the Border to Iran

May 3. 2020

Press Release on

Reported Abuse and Drowning of Afghan Refugees Aiming to Cross the Border to Iran

 

Having talked to the survivors of this incident and local officials in Herat, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) now confirms the beating, torturing and drowning of several Afghan refugees by Iranian security forces. This incident occurred on May 01, 2020 in Karez-e-Elyas village of Gulran District in Herat which shares border with Iran.  Report has it that some refugees have drowned and some have escaped. The Commission is still working on the case for more exact statistics.

While expressing sympathy and condolences to the survivors of this incident, AIHRC regards such brutal behavior by Iranian security forces a serious violation of human rights principles and values. In addition, the rights of refugees and immigrants, and the commitment of states to international conventions have been violated.

To this end, AIHRC urges on the government of Afghanistan, specifically Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to form a committee including officials from both countries, Iran and Afghanistan, in cooperation with the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, and UNHCR to thoroughly investigate the case. It is expected that the perpetrators would be identified and brought to justice to prevent such incidents from happening again. In addition, the victims shall be compensated.

AIHRC will continue its advocacy for the victims and the survivors.

 


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