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European governments have deported almost 10,000 Afghans to risk of death and torture, Amnesty finds

Bloc 'wilfully blind' to evidence of atrocities in the country, says charity

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An Afghan security force stands guard at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan August 29, 2017 REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Almost 10,000 Afghans were sent home by European states last year, despite the high risk of torture and death they face there, a damning new report has found.

Amnesty International said that 9,460 asylum seekers were forcibly returned to their homeland – a 300 per cent increase on the previous year.

Meanwhile, the rate of asylum applications accepted by European states plummeted — dropping from 60 per cent in September2015 to 33 per cent in December last year.

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