Afghans at risk evacuated to Aotearoa must be reunited with their families
A year after Kabul fell to the Taliban, the Green Party is calling on the government to do more to support our most at-risk evacuees.
“New Zealand’s response to the Afghan atrocities should address the deepening crisis facing millions of Afghans trapped under Taliban rule or displaced in refugee camps.
“Today, we call on the government to grant additional visas for resettlement to Afghan refugees beyond our quota and to allow the reunification of recently arrived at-risk Afghans separated from their whānau,” the spokesperson said. Foreign Affairs of the Green Party, Golriz Ghahraman.
“However, so far the government has only extended visas to a handful of high-risk Afghan women, after sustained pressure from human rights organizations, the international community and the Party. green.
“These extended visas for New Zealand in this at-risk category were women directly targeted by the Taliban because of their work as journalists, human rights defenders or government employees.”
“But rules were put in place that required some of these women to leave behind close family members, in one case a daughter. This caused continued distress and left their whānau in Afghanistan, fearing for their lives.
“Since taking power a year ago, the Taliban have waged a gruesome campaign of human rights violations against the Afghan people, violently targeting women, human rights defenders and minority communities.
“Unlike other like-minded countries including Canada, the UK and Australia, New Zealand has not provided a fixed number of visas to Afghans most at risk of harm. by the Taliban or to family members of New Zealand Afghans.
“People who arrive in Aotearoa as victims of Taliban atrocities should show humanity and receive meaningful support to thrive.
“It is time to right this wrong. Aotearoa New Zealand should be a place where victims of war, oppression and violence are treated with dignity and compassion,” says Golriz Ghahraman.
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