Situation in Afghanistan: Emergency Preparedness and Response in Iran, December 8, 2021 – Iran (Islamic Republic of)

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  • On December 8, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi warned of an influx of Afghan refugees amid fears of an economic collapse in Afghanistan. The High Commissioner called for urgent economic aid because these factors could be at the origin of an “implosion which will provoke an influx of people inside the country for sure but also outside the country in search of better living conditions, “Grandi He also said he will pay a visit to Iran this month to initiate discussions with the Iranian authorities regarding the current situation in Afghanistan.

  • The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate, affecting millions of Afghans, including women and children. On December 3, UNHCR launched an appeal for aid amid acute and growing humanitarian needs for 3.5 million internally displaced Afghans. UNHCR has warned that the crisis is worsening daily in Afghanistan, with hunger in the country reaching unprecedented levels. Almost 23 million people, or 55% of the population, face extreme levels of hunger and nearly 9 million are at risk of starvation. UNHCR has launched a global winter fundraising campaign to ease the burden on families forcibly displaced during the most dangerous months of the year in Afghanistan and other countries around the world.

  • On November 26, OCHA reported that more than 9,800 households and 7,100 key informants were interviewed in Afghanistan, in coordination with REACH, to shed light on the growing needs in Afghanistan. The results of the assessment confirmed that the country is now facing a rapidly worsening humanitarian crisis affecting an increasing number of people. OCHA said the widespread loss of income, cash shortages, exhausted coping strategies and rising food costs, coupled with stopping development assistance and public services on the brink of collapse. collapse, further exacerbated existing socio-economic vulnerability, manifested in levels of sectoral humanitarian needs.

  • On December 3, the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) reported that Afghans have lodged more than 17,000 asylum applications in the European Union (EU +), including 27 member states, in addition to Norway and Switzerland. EASO said the trend of Afghan applications “not only continued but accelerated”, with applications from Afghans increasing by 72% from around 10,000 in August to 17,300 in September 2021 This increase reflected in part the evacuations that followed the Taliban takeover. Afghanistan in August.

  • On November 30, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported that the Taliban in Afghanistan had “summarily executed or forcibly disappeared” more than 100 former police and intelligence operatives in four provinces since taking power, despite their promise of amnesty. for former members of government.

  • Following the HRW reports, a joint statement by the governments of the United States, Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Denmark, European Union, Finland, France, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and Ukraine expressed their deep concern at the summary executions and enforced disappearances of former members of the Afghan security forces. The statement stressed that the alleged actions constitute serious human rights violations and contradict the amnesty announced by the Taliban. Governments have called for the reported cases to be investigated, with those responsible to be held accountable. The statement concluded: “We will continue to measure the Taliban by their actions.”


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