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The governments of the United States, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and their banks
While Afghans are starving,
more than $9 billion of the country’s reserve funds remain frozen in banks in
the US and Europe. This is outrageous.
We call on President Biden,
Chancellor Scholz, Prime Ministers Draghi
Johnson immediately to
unfreeze Afghan funds held in banks in their countries.
The frozen funds belong to the Da Afghanistan Bank, the country’s Central Bank.
These are essential to the normal running of the Afghan economy. Without access
to these funds, the banking system has collapsed, workers cannot receive their
salaries and companies cannot be paid for their goods.
Add your name to
this urgent appeal to help Afghans who are facing unprecedented levels of
hardship during a fierce winter.
On 11 February, President Biden issued an Executive Order taking control of the
$7 billion of Afghanistan’s reserves held in US banks; half this amount is
already tied up in legal proceedings concerning claims for compensation made by
victims of the 9/11 attacks. The people of Afghanistan played no part in those
attacks. The US government has spent over $2 trillion on its intervention in
Afghanistan since 2001. It certainly has adequate resources to compensate the
families of 9/11 victims – which we support – without punishing the people of
Sign the petition to call on President Biden and European leaders
immediately to unblock all the frozen funds.
We ask President Biden to
revoke his Executive Order of 11 February and, as a first step, to authorize
the release of US$150 million monthly to Afghanistan’s Central Bank, so that it
can fulfil its essential role in creating liquidity in the economy. These
releases can be monitored by international auditors with an option to terminate
in the event of interference by the Taliban
in the independent running of the Central Bank.
United Against Inhumanity
(UAI) is an international movement of
individuals and civil society organisations outraged about the harm and
suffering that war-affected communities are made to endure and erosion of the
global asylum regime. Through mobilising our collective commitment and efforts,
UAI challenges the inhumanity that destroys lives and tears apart societies.