5 urgent things the EU must do to help to protect Afghan women, girls and minorities at risk

Since the Taliban have come back to power in Afghanistan, leading to a humanitarian crisis as thousands try to flee the country, ILGA-Europe and several European human rights organisations are alarmed and deeply worried about the security of people, especially women and minorities, including LGBTI people. Here are five responses the EU and its member states must engage in to protect Afghans at risk.

Stop Killing Afghan Protest in London. Credit:
Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona

1. Evacuate as many of the people facing immediate security risks as possible, as quickly as possible

2. Scale up provision of humanitarian assistance

3. Re-establish security for the people of Afghanistan

4. Ensure rapid access to fair asylum procedure in Europe now

5. Halt deportations to Afghanistan

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