IRAN : A FORMAL CALL TO EUROPE TO SAVE LIVES
© IRAN-RESIST.ORG – April 13, 2011 | The entire Iranian community is in chock since an Iranian refugee took his life by setting himself on fire right after his asylum request was denied and that it was announced that he would be extradited to Iran. In the name of every exiled ones, we call the European Parliament to suspend extraditions of Iranians who ask for asylum to the Islamic Republic of Iran.
His name was Kambiz Rustayi. He was 36 and he was expecting for the outcome of his asylum request since 2001. He sprayed himself with several litres of gasoline in order to sacrifice himself in front of the Holocaust Memorial in Amsterdam right after he was announced he would be expelled from the Netherlands to Iran where he would be sentenced to death and to torture.
By committing suicide, Kambiz just brought forward the date of his death. However he chose a public and symbolic place and a violent method so to make his death change what is expected to be the fate of thousands of Iranian refugees across Europe.
Actually, before Kambiz, other exiled ones have tried to draw the attention of opinion and media by mutilating themselves but nobody never made a sole report about such suffering. Thus we remember that Iranian refugees who were on the point of expulsion from Greece stitched their lips. Others in Netherlands burnt their fingerprints in order to avoid being identified on their arrival in Iran.
During conversations with our interlocutors, we reached a consensus on a simple request : since the European Union declares it cares about human rights and since it tells it supports the Iranian people, it must protect Iranian asylum seekers by freezing extradition processes until the Islamic regime in Iran collapses.
| Mots Clefs | Violence : Violations des Droits de l’Homme |