Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 February
This weekend, all over Europe protests will be taking place against the deportations of Afghans. Currently protests in more than 20 cities are announced, and this number is expected to grow in the coming days.
Afghanistan has been at war for decades, with the Global Peace Index awarding it a second place in the list of most unsafe countries in the world. Not only the Taliban, but also IS are fighting for influence. In the past 15 years hundreds of thousands of Afghans were killed and injured, while millions have fled. At the end of January, another suicide bombing in Kabul killed more than 103 people and injured 235 people. Accordingly, human rights organizations such as Amnesty International are unanimous in their verdict that it is at best irresponsible and at worst life-threatening to send people back to Afghanistan.
Yet European governments continue to send Afghans back to Afghanistan.
We want these deportations to stop.
Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada, leading actor in the film The Kite Runner, supports the European protests with a letter. Ahmad received asylum in Sweden in 2015. Read his letter here.
Actions and protest marches are held in the following places. Amsterdam, Nijmegen, Maastricht, Utrecht, Brussels, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Vienna, Riga, Dublin, Bern and many more.