Thursday 02 February 2023

Temporary reprieve for Afghan teenager

A 14-year-old Afghan girl and her family cannot yet be deported back to Afghanistan because the deportation ruling was ‘inadequate’, a court in Den Bosch ruled on Thursday.


Sahar Hbrahimgel has lived in the Netherlands since she was four. The family has been turned down for asylum three times.
In their statement, the judges said: ‘The western norms and values she has grown up with have become part of her personality. By adapting to Afghan norms and values, she will have to deny part of her personality.’
And there is no guarantee that the local forces of law and order will be able to protect her, the judges said.
Immigration minister Gerd Leers said he will first examine the judges ruling before commenting.
Earlier this week, it emerged that the United Nations refugee organisation believes she should be given refugee status.

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