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European governments have put thousands of Afghans in harm’s way by forcibly returning them to a country where they are at serious risk of torture, kidnapping, death and other human rights abuses, Amnesty International said today in a new report.

On my recent trip to Turkey, and Iraq, on behalf of the ICHR (International Center for Human Rights in Canada) I had the opportunity to meet hundreds of refugees and displaced as well as UN and government officials. It was evident that the rumors buzzing through the hallways of local NGOs in Canada, were nothing short of the truth. Sources among refugees and officials confirmed the hard truth that the newly elected Liberal government of Canada has halted accepting and processing non-Syrian refugee applications in Turkey, where the most important UN Refugee Office is located.

An Appeals Court has upheld the 16-year prison sentence issued against prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi. She will become eligible for release after serving 10 years in prison, according to a statement by the Defenders of Human Rights Center

On September 19, 2016 Mohammadi and her lawyers appeared at Branch 36 of Tehran’s Appeals Court to present evidence against the preliminary sentence, “but the Appeals Court had already made its ruling,” said Mohammadi’s husband, Taghi Rahmani, who currently lives in France with the couple’s son and daughter.