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Afghan, Iranian Delegations to Begin Joint Investigations into Afghan Migrants Drowning by Iranian Guards

Afghan and Iranian investigative teams will begin probing the reported Afghan migrants drowning by the Iranian border guards.

Sajia Yasin
13 May 2020
Afghan, Iranian Delegations to Begin Joint Investigations into Afghan Migrants Drowning by Iranian Guards

The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) announced in a statement that tomorrow the Afghan and Iranian border commissars will begin investigations into the recent reports that some Afghan migrants were first tortured, beaten and then forced into river by Iranian border guards.

A number of Afghan migrants trying to enter to Iran illegally were caught in the border between the two countries that reports allegedly indicated they were beaten then forced to jump into the Harirud river by Iranian guards in the border.

Although the initial claims were denied by the Iranian government, saying the incident had taken place on Afghan soil, but later it promised to take part in the investigations.

Few days ago, the Afghan government announced it had received an official note of the neighboring country, accepting a call for a joint investigation of the issue, a statement by the Afghan foreign ministry read.

The delegations from the two neighboring countries will begin probing the matter tomorrow.

Every year, hundreds of thousands Afghans try to enter to Iran hoping to find work of which some 1.5 to 3 million Afghan refugees live and work in Iran, many as daily wage workers.

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