Around 2,600 Afghans and their immediate families are to be brought to Germany where they will receive residence permits. The German government's 'human rights list' includes journalists, artists and others at risk from the Taliban.
After the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August, the German government says that more than 4,500 people, mostly Afghans, came to Germany on Bundeswehr evacuation flights. Several hundred more were flown out via Qatar after the airlift operation finished at the end of August.
Many of those evacuated in the initial phase were former local staff who worked for the Bundeswehr and other German agencies, leaving thousands more who remained at risk from the Taliban regime. The German government had pledged to offer protection to those still under threat – on Tuesday (September 14) it announced that the process has begun to bring around 2,600 Afghan human rights activists, artists, scientists, journalists and others from Afghanistan and neighboring countries to Germany.
Families to receive residency rights
The Foreign Office sent the complete list of names of human rights activists and others to be granted protection to the German Interior Ministry on Friday, according to the German news magazine Spiegel. All those on the "human rights list" were issued approval on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the Interior Ministry told the German news agency, dpa.
dpa reports that the list is of those people who were not employed by German agencies or the German military in Afghanistan, but whose exposed role still means they are at risk. The partners and children of those on the list will also receive residency rights for Germany, and will not have to apply for asylum.
According to the interior ministry, German authorities will be checking carefully the identities of those who claim to be on the list. Following the German airlift operation in August, the interior minister, Horst Seehofer, had said that a few individuals presented false documents.
With dpa, Spiegel