The Taliban government in Afghanistan would accept all Afghan migrants whose asylum applications were rejected in Europe, after which they would appear in court, an Austrian newspaper quoted a Taliban spokesman as saying on Monday.
Austria’s conservative-led government has taken a hard line on Afghan asylum seekers and refugees within the European Union, with the interior minister initially saying Austria should continue to deport rejected asylum seekers to Afghanistan for as long as possible.
Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer has since admitted that is no longer possible, but said he wants to set up “deportation centers” in neighboring countries that would take them in.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Kronen Zeitung newspaper that his government would be willing to accept such deportees.
“Yes. They would be taken to court. The court would then have to decide how to proceed,” Zabihullah told the newspaper when asked whether it would accept Afghan asylum seekers in Germany or Austria whose asylum applications had been rejected or who had committed crimes in those European countries.
He did not elaborate on why they should be taken to court or what judgment they might receive there.
He also reiterated his government’s promise to respect women’s rights within the framework of Islamic law, or Sharia.
“We will secure all the rights women are entitled to under Sharia law,” Zabihullah said.
“We will grant women Islamic rights, enable education and create working conditions. We are in the process of implementing all of that.”
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