New York: Amid reports that 44,000 people were sent back to Afghanistan from Iran as illegal immigrants last month, the United Nations has called on the heads of the two countries to make sure that human rights are not violated.
“It’s very important in any return of large numbers of people that it is orderly, gradual, and humane,” United Nations Assistance Mission in the country (UNAMA) spokesman Adrian Edwards said on 8 May.
The mission, he said, along with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), are doing what they can to ensure the well-being of those who are coming across the Afghan border.
“So far the situation is manageable,” he said, adding that an assessment team and the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission have been closely monitoring the situation over the past two days.
“From reports we have, it appears that some people have been separated from their families,” he said. “There are cases where people may not have sufficient water or transportation to get home. These are the issues we are trying to help with.”
Edwards also said that UN agencies have been working with local authorities to provide food and other assistance to some 900 families displaced by recent fighting in Herat province, and that 900 tons of food assistance, held up by heavy snows, is now being transported by WFP to Ghor province.