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A man celebrating at a pro-refugee event in Helsinki. He is holding a paper that says, “Thank you Finland!” Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

”Stop deportations!” ”Afghanistan not safe!”

The chants of many protests were answered yesterday when Migri temporarily stopped processing asylum decisions for people from Afghanistan, following the new guidelines updated by the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR.

According to the new guidelines, published on August 30, “people fleeing Afghanistan may be at risk of persecution for reasons that are related to the ongoing armed conflict in Afghanistan, or on the basis of serious human rights violations that are not directly related to the conflict, or a combination of the two.”

The updated guidelines is a document of 126 pages, illustrating the updated security situation in detail. Some of the persons at risk include men of fighting age, children in the context of forced recruitment, individuals with mental disabilities—and the list goes on.

Director of Amnesty Finland Frank Johansson said that after perusing the document, the key message is the chaotic situation in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul.

According to the document, “decision-makers must pay due regard to the negative trends in relation to the security situation for civilians in Kabul.”

The Finnish police confirmed on Twitter that it will not return people to Afghanistan in the upcoming days.

Tony Öhberg