Is it still justified to deport people to Afghanistan? Robert Habeck is appalled by Armin Laschet’s attitude. He sees a different solution for those at risk.
Berlin / Biesenthal – The Bundeswehr has just withdrawn from Afghanistan – the Taliban are on the advance in the war-torn state. In view of this situation, a new and urgent question arises for the current and future federal governments: Can people in general and criminals in particular be deported to the state?
Greens shoot violently against Union plans: Habeck accuses Laschet and Seehofer of “exporting the death penalty”
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) and last but not least Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet (CDU) recently gave a clear answer: Yes. Ironically, the most likely coalition partner of the Conservatives after the federal elections in autumn sees things very differently: Green leader Robert Habeck spoke out against the deportation practice on Tuesday. He indirectly accused Seehofer and Laschet of “exporting” the death penalty.
“We are monitoring the situation in Afghanistan very closely,” Laschet told the picture on Monday. “But our line remains clear: Anyone who commits a criminal offense in Germany has forfeited their right to hospitality.” The principle of “zero tolerance towards criminals” does not allow any exceptions, said the CDU leader. Criminals would have to “continue to be consistently deported, including to Afghanistan”.
Habeck gave up at the presentation of the green climate program. With the withdrawal of the Bundeswehr, Germany itself admitted that it had failed, he said in Biesenthal north of Berlin.
Habeck against deportations to Afghanistan – Grüner still wants “no pill pill with criminals”
Habeck called for the Foreign Office to reassess the situation. If the federal government comes to the conclusion that “people are not safe in certain regions of their lives, then we cannot deport even unlikable contemporaries there”. “We cannot, in a sense, export the death penalty,” added the Greens leader. It is not right to deport people to a place where they are threatened with “death, torture, execution” or “limb chopping off”.
At the same time, he emphasized that it was not about “somehow doing pill pills with offenders”. They would then have to “serve their fair sentence” in Germany. There are also other solutions for dealing with so-called threats, said Habeck. According to the definition, they have not yet committed a criminal offense that is dangerous to the state – but there are often “many other crimes” that have not yet been systematically collected and prosecuted. With the help of this investigation, dangerous people could be put behind bars.
Deportations in Germany: Seehofer is negotiating with Afghanistan – SPD apparently at odds
Previously, at the weekend, Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) had spoken out in favor of continuing the deportations. “We are currently negotiating with Afghanistan so that we can continue to deport criminals there,” he said Picture on sunday.
Sharp criticism of the statements then came from SPD leader Norbert Walter-Borjans. “This consideration is fully on the misanthropic line of populists,” he said Rheinische Post from Monday. “Foreign offenders are human too. They deserve their punishment, but no one has the right to send them to their death. Should this threaten, deportations must be stopped. “
Afghanistan: deportation flight on Tuesday? Scholz contradicts his own party leader
The question of deportations to Afghanistan is obviously already extremely virulent. According to information from “well-informed circles”, a deportation flight, which was actually planned for August 10, had been brought forward to this Tuesday, said the organization Pro Asyl. “It is completely irresponsible to deport further to Afghanistan despite the inexorable advance of the Taliban,” said the legal policy advisor, Wiebke Judith. The Taliban are on the advance in the country – and are already establishing foreign policy contacts that are likely to be inconvenient for the West.
According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, priority is given to deporting offenders. In principle, however, all Afghans who do not have a right of residence in Germany are required to leave the country. SPD Chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz said on Tuesday during a visit to North Rhine-Westphalia that anyone who violates the laws of the Federal Republic and commits serious crimes will lose their right of residence. “And then it also follows that one must expect a deportation.” (fn / AFP)
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