Despite the devastating flood disaster and the oppression of religious and political minorities: the next collective deportation to Pakistan is planned for October 11th. Even the recent attacks on minorities do not lead to a long overdue rethinking by German authorities, who still do not recognize the dangers for those affected by possible deportations and the vacant human rights situation in the country. This is one of the reasons why we are organizing a symposium in Dresden on October 13 to provide an update on the asylum and human rights situation in Pakistan.
According to information from Deportation Watch, the next deportation from Frankfurt am Main to Pakistan is planned for tomorrow. It is less than a month ago that a third of the country was inundated by a catastrophic flood. Over 1,600 people died, hundreds of thousands were displaced, there is a risk of a cholera epidemic and around seven million people have been homeless since then. As is so often the case, emerging countries are feeling the consequences of climate change more clearly, but are not in a financial position to compensate for the damage. The flood disaster has caused long-term damage, especially in Pakistani agriculture, which, according to the UN, will require billions in reconstruction. Last week, the EU pledged 30 million euros in support after the federal government pledged 26 million euros in September. If agriculture were to collapse, it would be fatal for the country's entire economy. Every second person works in this sector and one fifth of economic output depends on it.
The German authorities are also still not sufficiently aware of the dangers posed to minorities, although the persecution of the Ahmadiyya community, for example, has again been confirmed by reports from Amnesty International. The risk exists explicitly for people who previously lived in exile. This became clear in a recent documented case when an Ahmadi living in Germany was attacked while returning to his hometown. At least one Ahmadi who comes from the flooded area and is in Hessian custody pending deportation is acutely threatened with deportation. His acute risk of suicide has so far not been taken into account, despite a complaint against him and an urgent application. Religious or political minorities, queer people and other threatened groups are de facto in danger, since Pakistani jurisprudence (e.g. via a blasphemy paragraph that still carries the death penalty) institutionally suppresses them. The country's secret services sometimes also follow the activities of those affected in exile, so that they would be particularly at risk in the event of deportation. Nevertheless, many Pakistanis* receive rejections in the asylum procedure because there are supposedly safe alternative places for them to stay in the country. Since there are often gross misjudgments here and there is still too little public awareness of the human rights situation in the country, we are holding a specialist day on October 13th as part of the ACT project: program and more information about it.