“I am not treated as a human being. Most of us here have the same problem. The Migration Board does not understand our situation, they refuse to listen. We want to know why we have been refused a residence permit. Everybody here would rather die of starvation than be sent back.”
“We have begged and shouted, but the Migration Board has not listened. Now we will silence our voices, perhaps then they will listen”.
Graphic images cover the exterior of the tent, including a photo of a Kurdish teacher in Iran, Farzad Kamangar, surrounded by some twenty children. One of the refugees explains that Farzad was executed three months ago for having taught the children to read and speak Kurdish. Another picture shows Shirin Alanholi who was killed because she wanted freedom and democracy in Iran.
The Iranian regime’s new directives under Article 7 of the Iranian Penal code, namely the detention and prosecution of political refugees who return to Iran, mean that anyone who has applied for asylum on political grounds can be prosecuted. A spokesperson at the Migration Board would not comment on individual cases but said that they are aware of the hunger strike. “With regard to Iran specifically, it is about half of all applicants that are granted a residence permit. We are trying to lean towards granting residence permits”. Sweden has repeatedly made unlawful deportations. Only last year, a European Court in Strasbourg ruled that Sweden’s deportation of an Iranian was in violation of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Sweden must stop deporting asylum-seeking refugees to Iran !
Please Stop Deportation of Kurdish/Iranian Refugees to Iran
I am contacting you regarding the 20 asylum-seeking Kurds in Stockholm who have gone on hunger strike at Sergels torg in protest of the Migration Board’s decision to have them deported. Among them are:
FATEH EBRAHIMZADIAN 820920
FARAYDON HASSAN AZARPOOR 770401
KHALED AMINI 650908
KARIM ELIYASI 750820
MOHAMAD AMIN AHMADIAN 560325
MAJID ELIASSI SARZALI 710904
RASUL SHERIFI 800724
KHABAT HONARMAND 810503
RAHMAN HUSINPOUR 720403
SHILAN SALEHIE 770921
JAAFAR HASSAN KADIRI 631111
KHADIJEH ABOBAKER ABOBAKERI 660409
OMED KHIZARPOOR 770325
BAHE KHALANAJAD 741125
HIDI HOSSINPOOR 920802
MAHAMMAD RASHIDI IDRIS 870322
They have sought refuge in Sweden from persecution by the Islamic Republic of Iran and proven that they could risk torture and possible execution if sent back; it is unconscionable that the Swedish Migration Office has still rejected their application. The European Convention on Human Rights prohibits deportation to a country where the person is at risk of torture or the death penalty. The Migration Office has been provided with several documents which confirm that these refugees have been recognized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and that their lives would be in danger if they are sent back, thus clearly making it illegal to deport these individuals to Iran. The physical and mental health of these individuals is at risk for every hour that this hunger strike is allowed to continue. It is imminent that their deportation is halted and that they be granted their clearly-deserved refugee status.
The Swedish government is well aware of the general rate of executions in Iran, which has increased significantly over the past years. I am appalled to learn of Sweden’s inhumane and practically criminal approach to dealing with refugees seeking asylum and protection. The Swedish government should stand by the findings of the European Court of Human Rights and stop deporting asylum-seekers who are facing persecution, torture and execution in Iran. The case of Ali Mansouri and the violation of his legitimate rights has already reflected very negatively on Sweden’s status as an upholder of human rights. Please halt the deportation of these Kurds who are on hunger strike and end all deportations of asylum-seekers to Iran.
Thank you for your time.
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