Van der Bellen on Afghanistan: "Deportations are contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights"

PeoplePoliticians ♦ Published: August 17, 2021; 16:01 ♦ (Vindobona)

Austrian President Van der Bellen voiced his opinion on the situation in Afghanistan and the takeover of power by the radical Islamic Taliban. "The considerations to continue deporting Afghan citizens to Afghanistan are in contradiction to the European Convention on Human Rights, which is anchored in the Austrian Constitution and prohibits sending people back to a country where they have to expect persecution, torture and murder."

Van der Bellen: "Afghan citizens who want to leave their country must be able to do so freely, safely and across open borders." / Picture: © / Carina Karlovits and Peter Lechner / HBF

"It is our task, as Austria and as the European Union, to support those who are now threatened and, …