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Afghanistan: 1. Is it true that Afghan families registered with Pakistan's Commissionerate for Afghan Refugees were issued with "Afghan Citizen Cards", but that in 2007 there was an official announcement that these would not be renewed upon expiry in 2009, making these people unable to remain there legally? 2. Please provide any information regarding the recruitment of Afghan returnees from Pakistan by the Independent Electoral Commission in Afghanistan in 2009

14 September 2010 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Afghanistan: 1. Is there any current information on whether an Afghan national who has resided for any period in a western country would be subject to harm on return to Afghanistan now because they would be perceived as having been secularised?

29 February 2008 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Afghanistan: 1. In which areas of Afghanistan are the Taliban currently active, in particular in Jaghori or nearby? 2. How far away is Angori from the nearest Pushtun areas? 3. Which political party or group currently controls Jaghori, in particular the Angori region? 4. Please briefly describe the background to the formation and current status of the Wahdat and Harakat parties. If Wahdat is in control, do its members target Harakat members? 5. What is the current situation in the Angori region of Jaghori for people who are members of the Harakat party? 6. What is the latest country information on the treatment of Westernised returnees to Afghanistan? 7. Is there any evidence that a Shia Muslim who no longer believes in religion would face harm in Afghanistan generally, and in the Angori region of Jaghori and in Kabul in particular? 8. Is the Taliban currently active in Kabul? Does the Taliban or any other group currently target adversely Hazaras in Kabul? Please detail. 9. Is there any effective state protection in Afghanistan generally and in Kabul in particular? 10. Is there any information regarding the prospects of an unsuccessful asylum seeker obtaining employment in Kabul?

7 June 2007 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

RRT Case No. 071329032

23 April 2007 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Case Law

Afghanistan: 1. Which group or party is effectively in control of it (I am particularly interested in knowing what sway the Taliban have in that area)? 2. What is their known or likely attitude to Hazaras/Shi'a Muslims? 3. What is their known or likely attitude to westernised young returnees? 4. If a Hazara needed to seek protection from the state (eg local police/security forces), is there any evidence that that protection might be refused at present? If so why? 5. Are family members of people who supported the Sepah faction of Hezb-e-Wahdat at risk from any source locally? 6. What is the current situation in Kabul in terms of safety and general ability to find work/accommodation security for a young Hazara returnee without family support?

8 December 2006 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Afghanistan: 1. What is the position now in Afghanistan generally, and in particular for Hazaras in Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif? That is, has the removal of the Taliban from power been durable, and stable? 2. Please provide information about Commanders Zeya and Shafi Deewana. 3. What is the present role of Wahdat in Afghan politics? 4. Can a Hazara safely return to Kabul and/or Mazar-e-Sharif directly (e.g. by plane), or do they have to return through occupied and/or dangerous areas? 5. How are persons who have been Westernised treated in Afghanistan, Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif?

16 August 2006 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Afghanistan: 1. Who is in control of the Samangan province in Afghanistan? 2. Are warlords particularly active in Samangan province? 3. Is there any evidence of forced recruitment by militia groups in Samangan province? 4. Is there evidence of any ethnic tensions or rivalries between Tajiks and Uzbeks (or other ethnic groups) in Samangan province? 5. Please provide any details about refugees returning to Samangan in recent times, including details regarding returnees from Western nations

19 September 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Afghanistan: 1. On Herat generally, what is the general security situation and control by the government now? Are there independent assessments available to indicate whether the security situation at present is improving, stable or deteriorating? 2. Who is Ismail Khan and what is his current situation? Is there evidence of people being targeted for being involved in the death of Mirvais Sadigh? 3. What is the situation for Tajiks and for Shias in Herat generally? 4. With regard to Nahia-e-doo, Bazaar-e-Khosk, Herat Province, can you provide a map showing its location? 5. What is the ethnic composition in Nahia-e-doo, Bazaar-e-Khosk, Herat Province? 6. What is the security situation in Nahia-e-doo, Bazaar-e-Khosk, Herat Province, particularly for Tajik Shias, and what is the role of Seyad Mohammad Kherka? Is there any evidence that the Taliban, Sunnis or others would target: 7. people, particularly Shia, who had been in Australia and/or had applied for refugee status? 8. children of returnees who speak English, and that such children would have to attend "illegal Shia schools" and that they could not attend Sunni schools? 9. women who leave the house unaccompanied or their daughters? 10. returnees generally and are they considered to be wealthy and thus become targets of extortion

9 September 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Afghanistan: 1. Can you provide any information about the current or recent situation in Char Bagh, which used to be in Shibarghan district of Jawzjan province but, from the AIMS maps, is now in Sar-e Pol district of Sar-e Pol province? Can you confirm or otherwise the claim that most of the Hazaras there (it was mainly a Hazara village) have been driven out by Tajiks, Uzbeks and Pashtuns from neighbouring areas, because they're Hazara and Shi'a and/or no protection is given to them because of their ethnicity and religion? 2. Please provide recent information on the control and security situation in Sar-e Pol province generally. 3. Please provide recent information on the control and security situation in Sar-e Pol district. 4. Please provide recent information on the situation of Hazaras in Sar-e Pol district and province now. 5. Please provide any evidence of experiences of Hazaras who have returned to Sar-e Pol district or province

23 August 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

Afghanistan: With regard to Koshal Khan, Mina, Kabul: 1. Can you indicate on a map where this is? 2. What is the general security situation and control there by the government now? Are there independent assessments available to indicate whether the security situation at present is improving, stable or deteriorating? 3. What is the situation there for a Tajik, in terms of harm from Pashtuns, Hazaras and Uzbeks? 4. Is there evidence of Tajiks attacking Tajiks who come from an educated family? 5. Is there evidence that those whose family members were Communists or associated with the Najibullah regime are still facing harm? If so, from whom? 6. Is there evidence that those who have lived in a Western country will be labelled as an infidel? 7. Please provide a brief update on the effectiveness of the Afghan army and police force, as well as information on the status of disarmament

19 August 2005 | Publisher: Australia: Refugee Review Tribunal | Document type: Query Responses

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