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Report: Violence and corruption plague Afghanistan

A confidential report by the German Foreign Ministry paints a grim picture of Afghanistan, a German public broadcaster says. Recently, German officials called for more Afghan refugees to be returned to their country.

The Afghanistan population faces massive human right abuses and security issues, broadcaster NDR reported on Wednesday, citing the German Foreign Ministry's analysis of "asylum and deportation situation."

The situation in the Asian country varies from region to region, but remains "volatile," the 28-page document reportedly states.

"The biggest threat for the Afghani citizens are local strongmen and warlords," it goes on to say.

While the Kabul government is aware of its responsibility to protect the populace, "it is not always in position to do so effectively."

According to the analysis, the number of civilian victims in the first half of the 2015 reached 1,600, the highest value since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.

Violence and sexual assaults on women and children are also widespread in Afghanistan, the report states, claiming that even the Afghani policewomen are not always protected.

The security forces often recruit minors "in order to approach them sexually," it says.

In addition, large sections of the Afghanistan justice system are reportedly rife with corruption, and the country's development is also undermined by bribery.

Push to deport Afghans

The confidential document was completed on November 6, after German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere called for more Afghan refugees to be deported from Germany.

They make up the second-largest group in the EU country behind Syrians.

The Interior Ministry claims that there are safe regions in Afghanistan, allowing people to seek refugee without crossing the national borders.

German soldiers and police officers are helping to make Afghanistan safer, De Maiziere said, adding that Berlin has sent a lot of aid to the troubled nation – "so it can be expected that Afghans would stay in their country."

The sentiment was echoed by Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in mid-November, with the Berlin's top diplomat saying that the German government would continue to work on "deportation measures" for rejected asylum-seekers from Afghanistan.

dj/kms (KNA, AFP)

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