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2022-April-17  17:41

Spokesman: Iran Hosting Afghan Refugees, Britain Deporting Asylum-Seekers

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Government Spokesman Ali Bahadori Jahromi rapped Britain for its decision to deport the asylum-seekers, saying that Iran has been for years hosting the Afghan refugees without international assistance.

“Britain plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda under human rights pretexts. That’s while Iran has for years hosted Afghan refugees and asylum seekers, even when it was under sanctions and without receiving international assistance,” Bahadori Jahromi said on Saturday.

The Iranian foreign ministry had also on Saturday lashed out at Britain for forced deportation of asylum-seekers to Rwanda, calling the move a violation of the international laws.

"This British plan to put its responsibility toward refugees on the shoulder of a third country exposes the refugees to violations of the rights mentioned in conventions on refugees and human rights agreements and completely ignores human and moral considerations," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said.

He rejected the objectification of refugees, the use of violence, and humiliating acts that violate human dignity, and reminded that Iran is hosting millions of refugees.

"The British government’s plan to deport refugees comes while this country and other Western states always ignore the Islamic Republic of Iran’s efforts to manage and deal with millions of migrants and refugees."

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has been hosting millions of refugees, especially from the neighboring country of Afghanistan, while observing human and humanitarian considerations and receiving minimum foreign aid, which has been repeatedly recognized and commended by international institutions related to the affairs of the refugees," Khatibzadeh concluded.

Britain announced a deal with Rwanda on Thursday to send some asylum-seekers thousands of miles to the East African country.

The British opposition politicians and refugee groups condemned the move as inhumane, unworkable and a waste of public money, and the United Nations said it raised "a number of human rights concerns".