AAN’s Thomas Ruttig on „How safe is Afghanistan (for deportations)?“

Picture shows damaged building

Aftermath of a Taleban-claimed war crime: an attack on a civilian target, the German Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif, on 10 November 2016. A vehicle filled with explosives was detonated, killing four civilians and injured more than 100 others. Photo: Tolo

Here are AAN co-director Thomas Ruttig’s next speaking appointments: four public events in four German cities (Mainz, Hamburg, Geesthacht near Hamburg, Berlin), all before the end of March, each time about the Afghan issue that dominates Germany’s domestic debate: whether the country is ‘safe’ enough that the German government (at the start of an election campaign and challenged by a new right-wing populist party) should deport rejected Afghan asylum seekers (in German, some with translation into Dari).


1) Wednesday, 15 March 2017, 7.00pm, Mainz

The local NGO Save me Mainz invites Afghan refugees and everyone interested for a “country evening about Afghanistan”.

Apart from Thomas, representatives of pro-refugee initiatives and refugees will speak about their work and their situation.


Gemeindesaal St. Bonifaz, Bonifaziusplatz 1 (Boppstr.), 55118 Mainz

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2) Wednesday, 22 March 2017, 8.00pm, Hamburg

Organised by Communal Academy Hamburg-Blankenese: “How safe is Afghanistan?”

Presentation by Thomas Ruttig, followed by a panel discussion with refugees from Afghanistan, moderated by Dr Margret Johannsen, Hamburg Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy (IFSH).


Gemeindehaus, ev.-luth. Kirchengemeinde Blankenese, Mühlenberger Weg 64 a, 22587 Hamburg-Blankenese

More information here.


3) Thursday, 23 March 2017, 7.00pm, Geesthacht (near Hamburg)

Podium discussion with Thomas Ruttig (AAN); Dietlind Jochims, Commissioner for Refugees and Human Rights of the Northern German Protestant Church; Martin Link, Refugee Council Schleswig-Holstein; moderated by Elisabeth Hartmann-Runge, Refugee Commissioner of Lübeck/Lauenburg church district and translated into Dari by Rayana Fakhri.

Organisers: Christus Church Parish Geesthacht ● Church District Lübeck/Lauenburg ● Flüchtlingsrat Schleswig-Holstein e.V.


Christuskirche, Neuer Krug 4, Geesthacht-Düneberg

Download the event’s flyer here:


4) Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 7.00pm, Berlin

“Afghanistan – (no) safe country”

Information evening organised by the Berlin educational institute of Heinrich Böll Foundation and Asylum in Church assocation Berlin.


Heilig-Kreuz-Kirche, Zossener Str. 65, 10961 Berlin

With Thomas Ruttig (AAN); Katharina Müller, Refugee Council Berlin; Kava Spartak, YAAR Association; moderated by Bernhard Fricke, Asylum in Church

More information here.



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