Afghan Refugees Protest in Front of UNHCR in Islamabad


Afghan refugees held a demonstration in front of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Islamabad over delays in processing their immigration papers. They chanted "kill us," and wore shirts with the same slogan. They called on the UNHCR to expedite their registration, the distribution of immigration cards, and their admission to asylum-seeking countries. “The Afghan protest with the slogan 'kill us' has reached the fifth day. On the third day, a number of UN representatives came and saw our problems up close," said a protestor. “We did not get what we wanted, we protested, we do not want anything anymore, our slogan is to kill us,” said the protesting asylum seeker. The asylum seekers claim that they have repeatedly contacted the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Islamabad but have not received clear answers. “They have been waiting for six to eight months with their families and children, with the current high price of living in Islamabad. It is very difficult to get a house,” said a protestor. “For the past six months, we have been given a token, which is a piece of paper. it has no legal privileges and we have not received any human and humanitarian privileges,” the protesting asylum seeker said. Afghan asylum seekers in Indonesia also protested against the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for not handling their immigration cases.