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Prime Minister urged to re-settle 200 Afghan Christians dealing with loss of life below the Taliban

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The British Prime Minister should urgently make a pathway for 200 Christians in Afghanistan to flee the nation 4 months after it was taken over by the Taliban, a human rights barrister has mentioned.

Paul Diamond mentioned that Christians within the nation reside with a “loss of life menace hanging over them” below the Taliban. 

The Christians he’s in touch with are all converts from Islam who have been unable to flee throughout the emergency airlift within the closing days earlier than the Taliban seized management of Kabul airport. 

Mr Diamond described desperately making an attempt to get them on a flight out. 

He mentioned the previous couple of days earlier than Western forces pulled out have been so shambolic that in some instances “it was actually down to non-public contacts with particular person US troopers at sure gates who would let Christians by means of”.

There are believed to be a number of thousand Christians in Afghanistan, the vast majority of whom have been compelled into hiding. Dozens are feared to have been murdered.

A Christian affiliate of Mr Diamond from Afghanistan who can’t be named for safety causes mentioned that Christians have been capable of lead comparatively regular lives below the Allied forces. Now the Taliban’s strict adherence to Sharia Legislation has left them liable to loss of life. 

That is particularly the case for converts from Islam, who’re thought-about “apostates” and “traitors to the ‘Islamic nation'” and due to this fact deserving of the loss of life penalty.

“Subsequently, all transformed Christians dwelling now in Afghanistan have a loss of life menace over them and are determined to depart,” he mentioned.

“As a result of shambolic and politicised draw-down date set by the US administration, issues have been rushed. Neither the British, nor the US Embassies have been capable of successfully course of folks of religion.

“The precedence was US and British residents, and translators. Individuals of religion got here on the finish of the road – even after cats and canine.

“For Muslims wanting to depart, Pakistan or different close by international locations are prepared to host some. However for Christians, no nation within the area desires them – they’re merely left to die.”

Mr Diamond mentioned he feared {that a} “lack of expertise and willingness to interact with the very actual wants of individuals of religion” would see Christians miss out on a spot within the UK’s Afghan Residents Resettlement Scheme.

“I’m in every day contact with Christians within the crisis-led nation, all fearful for his or her lives and determined to depart,” he mentioned.

“What we want is a particular division throughout the UK scheme which recognises the distinctive wants of individuals of religion, acknowledges their vulnerabilities, and through the validation of NGOs, or church buildings, can course of purposes in a swift, however safe method.”

He continued, “The UK owes these Christians an obligation of care as a result of the UK Armed Forces (and Allies) held and exercised management over Afghanistan the place they have been capable of dwell peacefully and practise their faith. After the withdraw, their lives are in every day hazard.

“There’s at present no provision within the immigration guidelines for them to use to return right here – so we want the UK Scheme, with a devoted religion division introduced by Christmas. Morally we can’t abandon them.”

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