11 February 2021
96 organizations and initiatives in Germany have condemned the government's ongoing deportations to Afghanistan, a country still at war and in the midst of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.
Press release published by Statewatch.
Having restarted its monthly deportations to Afghanistan in December last year, Germany will continue with them in 2021. Deportations to a country which in 2020 was classified for the second time in a row by the Institute for Economics & Peace in its Global Peace Index 2020 as the most dangerous country in the world. 
On 31 January, the Federal Foreign Office designated Afghanistan as an area with a particularly high risk of infection and, as a consequence, tightened its travel and security warnings even further, as Afghanistan is particularly hard hit by COVID-19 and the health system cannot withstand the strain. 
In September 2020 the Higher Administrative Court of Bremen  and in December 2020 the Administrative Court of Baden-Württemberg  also determined that even healthy, single men without a social network in Afghanistan may not be deported there. The courts ruled that due to the worsening economic situation caused by the pandemic, they would not be able to cover their most elementary needs foreseeably.
Regardless of this, Germany is planning the next deportation flight to Afghanistan on 9 February, in which experience has shown that many federal states will participate again. While in Germany on the one hand every life is fought for, on the other hand people are deported to a COVID-19 high-risk and war zone and the life-threatening situation there is knowingly accepted.
The collective charter on 9 February would be the first deportation flight from Germany since the informal "Joint Declaration on Migration Cooperation",  which the European Union and Afghanistan signed in January this year and which is to apply for an indefinite period. According to this, up to 500 refugees can be deported from the EU to Afghanistan every month.
Among those affected by the deportation on 9 February are likely to be 22-year-old Hasib from Kempten/Allgäu, who went to school there, worked, loves football, wanted to start an apprenticeship and is now in custody for deportation in Ingelheim,  and the 20-year-old H. from North Rhine-Westphalia, who was born in Iran, came to Germany at the age of nine, has never been to Afghanistan and has no relatives there.  To name just two cases.
The protection of human life during a global pandemic of unique proportions cannot stop at national borders and depend on residence status or nationality. We call on the federal government to immediately stop any deportations to Afghanistan and to protect human lives!
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