EU will hold a Forum to Discuss the Resettlement of At-Risk Afghans in September

Ylva Johansson, the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs, said on Twitter that the meeting will include addressing the resettling of human rights advocates, journalists, and attorneys.

Following the withdrawal of US and coalition soldiers from Afghanistan after a two-decade fight, the European Union announced on Tuesday that a symposium will be held in September to address the “legal options for resettlement” of at-risk Afghan people, particularly women and children.

“I will convene, in September, a high-level Resettlement Forum to discuss concrete priorities with member states and provide sustainable solutions to those Afghans who are most vulnerable, particularly women and children” EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson stated on Twitter.

She also mentioned that the meeting will focus on resettling “human rights advocates, journalists, [and] lawyers” in another tweet.

“We will cooperate together with the other global leaders on a coordinated approach to safe and legal routes for resettlement,” she added in her tweet.

Notably, EU Council ministers convened on Tuesday for a roundtable discussion on recent developments in Afghanistan, which have fallen into the hands of the Islamist terrorist group Taliban following the United States’ decision to stop its almost 20-year-long war.

 There were suspicions and even insistence from coalition forces to extend the period before US President Joe Biden’s earlier stated August 31 deadline for his soldiers to leave Afghanistan. Biden, on the other hand, opted to stick with it, and the last US military jet out of the war-torn country departed late Monday, with footage of Taliban firing gunshots and celebrating being circulated.

The EU Council said in a statement released after the meeting that it will continue to coordinate with international partners, in particular the UN and its agencies, on the stabilization of the region and to ensure that humanitarian aid reaches the most vulnerable populations, particularly women and children, in Afghanistan and neighboring countries.

According to the EU statement, the union and its member states will do their “utmost” to guarantee that the situation in Afghanistan does not pose new security dangers to EU people.

This development occurred on the same day that Nato Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg emphasized the importance of looking after vulnerable Afghans who wished to be evacuated from their nation but were unable to participate in the military airlift.

He stated that, despite the Taliban’s assurances that civilians will be allowed to leave even after US soldiers depart, Nato will continue to cooperate with its partners and other countries to “help people leave,” and that the Taliban will be judged not on what they say, but on what they do.

He stressed the importance of keeping Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport operational in order to continue giving “humanitarian aid” to Afghans and ensuring that people may be flown out. Stoltenberg added, “We will not forget them”.

PC: https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/opinions_186040.htm