Declaration of Members of the European Parliament against the forced return of Afghans to Kaboul

on Tuesday, 15th December

Whereas we called out, here in plenary session on November 24th, to the Council and the Commission, on the "joint removals of irregular migrants to Afghanistan", one cannot but notice that France and Great-Britain are looking for persisting in joint expulsion operations.

Today, nine afghans held in the retention centre of Calais-Coquelles and two others held in Lille, have seen themselves notified of their expulsion to Afghanistan for Tuesday, 15th December.

Whereas they have fled the war and have sought protection in Europe, the French authorities are about to send those migrants back to Afghanistan, putting them at risk to serious safety and humanitarian dangers.

We call upon the cessation of these indignant expulsions which violate the principle of non-refoulement, as guaranteed by the ECHR and the Geneva Convention. We affirm the urgency to suspend any forced return to Afghanistan, and to make effective the right to protection in Europe.

Signatories :

- ALFONSI François, Greens-EFA, France

- ARIF Kader, S&D, France

- BEARDER Catherine, ALDE, United-Kingdom

- BELIER Sandrine, Greens-EFA, France

- BENARAB-ATTOU Malika, Greens-EFA, France

- BENNAHMIAS Jean-Luc, ALDE, France

- BESSET Jean-Paul, Greens-EFA, France

- BOVE José, Greens-EFA, France

- CANFIN Pascal, Greens-EFA, France

- CASTEX Françoise, S&D, France

- CHOUNTIS Nikolaos, GUE-NGL, Greece

- COHN-BENDIT Daniel, Greens-EFA, France

- DE KEYSER Véronique, S&D, Germany

- DELLI Karima, Greens-EFA, France

- DELVAUX Anne, EPP, Belgium

- DE SARNEZ Marielle, ALDE, France

- DESIR Harlem, S&D, France

- ERNST Cornelia, GUE-NGL, Germany

- FLAUTRE Hélène, Greens-EFA, France

- GREZE Catherine, Greens-EFA, France

- GUILLAUME Sylvie, S&D, France

- HOANG-NGOC Liem, S&D, France

- JADOT Yannick, Greens-EFA, France

- JOLY Eva, Greens-EFA, France

- KELLER Franziska, Greens-EFA, Germany

- KIIL-NIELSEN Nicole, Greens-EFA, France

- LAMBERT Jean, Greens-EFA, United-Kingdom

- LEPAGE Corinne, ALDE, France

- LOCHBILHER Barbara, Greens-EFA, Germany

- LÖSING Sabine, GUE-NGL, Germany

- LUCAS Caroline, Greens-EFA, United-Kingdom

- LUNACEK Ulrike, Greens-EFA, Austria

- MELENCHON Jean-Luc, GUE-NGL, France

- PARGNEAUX Gilles, S&D, France

- PORTAS Miguel, GUE-NGL, Portugal

- PEILLON Vincent, S&D, France

- RIVASI Michèle, Greens-EFA, France

- ROMEVA i RUEDA Raül, Greens-EFA, Spain

- SARGENTINI Judith, Greens-EFA, Netherlands

- STAES Bart, Greens-EFA, Belgium

- TIROLIEN Patrice, S&D, France

- TRAUTMANN Catherine, S&D, France

- TREMOPOULOS Michail, Greens-EFA, Greece

- TRIANTAPHYLLIDES Kyriacos, GUE-NGL, Cyprus

- VERGIAT Marie-Christine, GUE-NGL, France

- VERGNAUD Bernadette, S&D, France

- WEBER Henri, S&D, France