Human Rights, Solidarity with Refugees

ICRIR: Open Letter to UNHCR Iraq Regarding the Asylum Cases of Mohammad Ghamari Tabasi, Farhat Husseini, and Sena Ghamari Tabasi

On behalf of the International Coalition for the Rights of Iranian Refugees (ICRIR), we would like to note for the record that Mohammad Ghamari Tabasi, who with his family is camped outside of the UNHCR offices in Erbil, Iraq, along with two other asylum-seeking families, received an interview with UNHCR on or about December 22, 2010.

We expect that from this point forward, UNHCR will ensure that Tabasi’s case is handled professionally and the family’s response returned to them in a timely fashion. We believe it is reasonable to expect that Tabasi will receive a response on the status of the family’s application within 3 months of the interview.

In order to ensure a transparent process that minimizes anxiety for the families in the camp, ICRIR requests that UNHCR staff in Erbil provide Tabasi and Alipanah (another asylum-seeker in the camp) and their families with a timeline showing the expected milestones, with dates, in the processing of their case. In turn, we request that Tabasi and Alipanah ensure that the sick and the children who are living in the camp, including a newborn and her mother, be relocated to a more suitable living environment while awaiting UNHCR’s response.

ICRIR continues to be concerned about the health and welfare of all three asylum-seeking families (Tabasi, Alipanah & Zolfaghari) living in the camp across from the Erbil office of UNHCR.

With regards,
Soheila Nikpour
Maria Rohaly

International Coalition for the Rights of Iranian Refugees
phone: +1.202.630.0385

Members of the ICRIR include the International Federation for Iranian Refugees, the Iranian Refugee Action Network, the Iranian Refugee Amnesty Network, and Mission Free Iran.

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