ACLU Calls on US to Quickly Evacuate and Resettle At-Risk Afghan Civilians

August 16, 2021 1:30 pm

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WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union has the following reaction to the Biden administration’s lackluster and inadequate response, after 20 years of U.S.-led conflict, in assisting Afghan civilians who are in grave danger following the Taliban takeover.

Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said:

“The Biden administration is failing at the fundamentally important task of humanitarian protection, both overseas and at our borders. The administration’s unwillingness thus far to act with the urgency required has already harmed many people, and it cannot continue.

“In Afghanistan in particular, the incredibly urgent work of protecting people from reprisals and persecution must include evacuation and resettlement of civilians who need it, including human rights defenders, women’s rights activists, members of the media, Special Immigrant Visa candidates, and other vulnerable people.”

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