We ask all concerned people worldwide to write urgently in support of their demands. Email addresses and a sample letter appear below the demands of the asylum-seekers.
Statement and Demands of Detained Iranian Asylum-Seekers in Cyprus
Asylum seekers are not criminals. We are not criminals, and we do not accept being treated as criminals.
Our protest against our detention has nothing to do with the staff’s inhumane treatment of us, the poor condition of the detention facilities, or the poor quality of food, although we believe these all to be unacceptable and subject to international investigation to determine whether in fact the government of Cyprus is in compliance with basic standards set out in European Union and international conventions and agreements regarding human and refugee rights. However, at this time, we, the undersigned, make the following demands:
1- We demand the immediate release of Mr. Hossein Hossein-nejad Seresty (arc : 5506241) and his wife Mrs. Roghayeh Hossein Nezadeh (arc : 5506240) and their immediate unification with their 3-year-old child.
2- We demand the immediate release of all asylum seekers who have been detained on no other grounds than not having a visa or a valid passport.
3- We demand review of our asylum applications, corrections made to our files with the help of a reliable interpreter other than Mr. Khalaj, and new rulings on our cases based on our corrected documents.
Addresses and sample letter in support of the demands of the Iranian asylum-seekers in Limassol, Cyprus:
Addresses: Please send this sample letter to the inspector general at the UNHCR, the Cypriot police, and several offices within the International Committee of the Red Cross, including their refugee unit at the following addresses:
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To the Inspector General at UNHCR:
I am writing to you with deep concern about the conditions facing Iranian refugees in Cyprus. Two parents, Mr. Hossein Hossein-nejad Seresty (arc : 5506241) and his wife Mrs. Roghayeh Hossein Nezadeh (arc : 5506240), have been illegally detained and their 3-year-old child has been given to another family; that is an outrage beyond words and I demand immediate investigation. Further, the refugees report that their asylum cases have been rejected due to the bad practices of a corrupt translator. As a result, many of them have been left in a situation where their passport and/or visa have expired, yet they fear for their security if their are returned to Iran and the known persecution awaiting them there, as explicitly promised by the Islamic Republic.
I demand that you urgently investigate the practice and conditions of detention facing Iranian refugees in Cyprus. Refugees have a right under international law to asylum and protection, and they have the right not to be returned against their will to a place where they fear for their safety and security. These fundamental rights of refugees must be respected and upheld.
Members of the ICRIR include Action for Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East, International Federation for Iranian Refugees, Iranian Refugees Action Network, Iranian Refugee Amnesty Network, and Mission Free Iran.