Refugee Law for Afghan Attachés

Max Planck Foundation presents international and comparative perspectives in two workshops

As part of the “Refugee Law Project in Afghanistan”, the Max Planck Foundation implemented two workshops on refugee law for attachés at Afghan Embassies in the countries hosting the largest numbers of Afghan refugees, Iran and Pakistan and Tajikistan.

The first workshop took place in August 2016 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) supported the workshop implementation. The recognised expert in human rights and development, Malek Sitez (Nordic Consulting Group, Copenhagen), led the workshop. He drew the participants’ attention in particular to the status and protection of refugees in the international human rights framework, as well as to means of improving cooperation among Afghan state institutions in their interactions with their neighbouring states Iran and Pakistan.

Continuing from the first workshop, the second workshop was held in October 2016 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Heintze from the Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict at Ruhr University Bochum discussed in greater depth the intricacies of international refugee law, including the specific obligations of host states with respect to asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants, as well as the mechanisms for cooperation on refugee-related matters in Europe.

The participants contributed with their rich practical experience and highlighted the importance of international refugee law for their work and agreed that the workshops provided a rich learning experience.

Both workshops were implemented in cooperation with the Hamida Barmaki Organization for the Rule of Law.