Amnesty International says forced return of Afghan refugees is ‘illegal’

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 05: A general view of atmosphere at the Amnesty International Concert presented by the CBGB Festival at Barclays Center on February 5, 2014 in New York City (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for CBGB)
Amnesty International has called on Europe to halt the deportation of Afghan refugees, saying no part of their country is safe.

Amnesty says the forced return of Afghans is illegal as poor security in their country exposes them to grave dangers.

The rights group also says European governments remain blind to Afghanistan’s dangers.

The report cites EU statistics, which say the number of Afghans sent home from 2015 to 2016 nearly tripled to over 9,000.

The United Nations counted almost 11,500 civilian casualties in Afghanistan last year.

16 years since the US-led invasion, the country is still plagued by violence and terrorism.