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UK barrister urges Prime Minister to resettle 200 Afghan Christians

by Kelly Valencia

A UK Barrister is asking the Prime Minister to create a clear pathway for Christians in Afghanistan to flee the country. 

Paul Diamond, who has represented persecuted Christians in British and European Courts for 30 years, has written to Boris Johnson pleading for urgent help for 200 Afghan Christians who are currently living in "transit places" and are considered traitors for having converted to Christianity. 

Speaking to Premier, Mr Diamond said those 200 are only a few of the many Christians trapped in the area. 

"There's about 8 to 12,000 Christians, it's very difficult to know the exact figures. They are all apostates in Islam and therefore they have nowhere to go. If they go to Kazakhstan, if they go to Pakistan, they are apostates. And if they stay in Afghanistan, they will be hunted down by the Taliban."

Following the Taliban takeover earlier this year, the UK government committed to welcome up to 20,000 Afghans in the country over the coming years.

But for Mr Diamond, the proposed government scheme "would not protect Christians". He believes a new a special department within the scheme should be created to recognise the unique needs of people of faith. 

"We would like 5-8,000 Christians by quota not by selection on neutral need…we want it done by NGOs on the ground, there are lots of NGOs on the ground and missionary organisations that could vouch for the conversion of the person as a genuine convert. The local churches could select, select the individuals that have security clearance by the Home Office for a separate, expedited route, and they're let into the country as quickly as possible."

Mr Diamond also criticised the Government as it is yet to reveal its 'Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme', four months after it was announced.  

"The government have announced this scheme and they need to fulfil their public statements and obligations that are made to the country and that's what we're we need to pressurize it. They've delayed it four months and people have died in that four months totally unnecessarily."

Premier has contacted the Home Office for comment. 

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