- Gerry Simpson: Pakistan, with UN support, is coercing Afghan refugees to return home
- If they don't reverse course, they could trigger a humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan
Gerry Simpson is Human Rights Watch's senior refugee researcher and advocate and author of the report "Pakistan Coercion, UN Complicity: The Mass Forced Return of Afghan Refugees." The views expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)If you were one of the world's 21.3 million refugees and woke up one day to find the country that had sheltered your family for many years now considered you to be traitors and terrorists, what would you do? What if the government had given its police a green light to make your life miserable and were threatening to deport you in the middle of winter back to nothing — no home, no job, no school? Would you wait and see whether things calmed down or pack your bags and leave?