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"Life for the average Afghan remains short, miserable, and brutal."
Afghanis Tarakhal Daoud, Abdul Aziz Sadat, Abdul Wali, Abbas Ali Amiry, Javid Khan Durani, Naimatullah Tarin, Nazir Ahmed Rabani, Abdul Shakur Shuruq Zada and Mansoor Omer Khail are currently detained in Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre and due to be removed on a Hamburg International Airlines, 'Ethnic charter flight', under the Home Office operation 'Ravel' programme on Tuesday March 11th 2008 at 20:30hrs from the UK, flight PVT008 to Baku for onward transit to Kabul/Afghanistan.
All the above have agreed that their names should be put in the public domain to try and make the UK and the world aware of the increasing use of 'Ethic charter flights'. There are expected to be about 60 Afghanis on Tuesdays flight.
They have agreed to ask people to 'Fax/email storm' Hamburg International Airlines to try and stop the flight and any other charter flights.
What you can do to Help / all day to day and all day tomorrow
1. Fax/Email, Christoph Von Saldern, Managing Director Hamburg International Airlines asking them not to carryout Tuesdays flight. A Model letter "HamburgInternationalAfghani.doc" is attached which you can copy/amend/write your own version and if you do, please remember to include the following information: Forced Removal of Afghani's on Hamburg International Airlines 'Ethnic charter flight' PVT008 for UK Home Office 'Operation Ravel' to Afghanistan on Tuesday March 11th 2008 at 20.30 from the UK to Baku for onward transit to Kabul.
Fax: 00 4940 5005 0111
Please notify firstname.lastname@example.org of any faxes/emails sent
Afghanistan second weakest state in the world
According to Washington-based Brookings Institution and the Center for Global Development, Afghanistan is rated the second weakest state in the world, lacking the capacity to establish and maintain political institutions, secure their population from violent conflict, control their territories and meet the basic needs of their population (see end of message for details)
Human Rights Watch World Report for 2007
Life for the average Afghan remains short, miserable, and brutal. Average life span for men and women hovers at around 45 years. According to the United Nations,nearly a third of all Afghans, some 6.5 million people, suffer from chronic foodinsecurity. Afghans face escalating violations of their human rights at the handsof a variety of abusers: the Taliban and other anti-government insurgent groups,including Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's Hezb-e Islami and tribal militias, criminalgroups and local warlords (many with government affiliations), and, increasingly,the Afghan government itself. The insurgency in the south undermines develop-ment and reconstruction in the comparatively peaceful north, and as predicted,destabilizes neighboring Pakistan. The United Nations' assessment of areas con-sidered "most dangerous" and thus out of bounds for nearly all aid workers dou-bled in 2007 to cover one-third of Afghanistan.
Violence and Insecurity in 2007 was a bloodier year than any since the US-led forces ousted the Taliban in 2001. Casualty rates were at least 25 percent higher than the previous year. Civilians were increasingly caught in fighting between anti-government forces and government forces and their international supporters. Anti-government forces also routinely violate the laws of war by launching attacks from civilian areas, or
The Taliban increasingly relied on public executions to terrorize and rule populations living in areas under their influence.
The Afghan government continues to lose public legitimacy because of wide-spread corruption, failure to improve living standards, and lack of progress inestablishing the rule of law even in areas under its control.
Afghanistan mission close to failing - US
After six years of US-led military support and billions of pounds in aid, security in Afghanistan is "deteriorating" and President Hamid Karzai's government controls less than a third of the country, America's top intelligence official has admitted. Mike McConnell testified in Washington that Karzai controls about 30% of Afghanistan and the Taliban 10%, and the remainder is under tribal control.
*Washington-based Brookings Institution and the Center for Global Development ranked 141 developing countries according to their performance in four core areas - economic, political, security and social welfare. [Afghanistan came second]. Index of State Weakness in the Developing World ;
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