Human Rights, Solidarity with Refugees

ICRIR: Update on Critical Situation of Sirvan Foroutan, Facing Deportation by Sweden to Certain Execution in Iran

The protest action to stop the Swedish government from deporting Iranian refugee Sirvan Foroutan, who faces execution if returned to Iran, continues:

1- Migration officers have been forced out to the street to answer to the protesters. They are reviewing our claims and considering our protests. This does not mean that he won’t be deported.

2- Sirvan now has a lawyer as of late last night, and she is trying to get the decision-maker’s attention to stop the deportation.

3- Amineh Kakabaveh, Member of Swedish Parliament is working extremely hard to stop this deportation.

4- Sirvan is being prepared for the flight.

We ask everyone to continue their protest to stop this crime from being carried out:

1) CALL: There’s not a moment to spare. Call the Swedish Immigration Board at +46-771-235-235 RIGHT NOW to demand a halt to Mohammad Sirvan Foroutan’s deportation. Select “customer service,” and provide Sirvan’s case number: 10859037.

2) URGENTLY send the below letter to the Swedish Migration Office and Foreign Ministry at the following addresses, AND via the web form for Tobias Billström, Swedish Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy:
Email addresses: migrationsverket@migrationsverket.se and registrator@foreign.ministry.se
Webform: Tobias Billström

To the Swedish Migration Office:

Mohammad Sirvan Foroutan, born on 25 June 1977, case no. 10859037, is an Iranian asylum-seeker who has sought refuge in Sweden from persecution by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

As a member of Komala (the Kurdistan Organization of the Communist Party of Iran [1]), Sirvan has for many years engaged in both political and armed struggle against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Due to the nature of his activism against the Islamic Republic regime, and in light of:

– the regime’s well-known propensity for torture and execution, particularly in cases which are clear acts of “moharabeh” as in Sirvan’s case,

– the persecution of refouled asylum-seekers including the recent case of teenager Rahim Rostami, illegally deported by Norway and immediately detained in Evin Prison upon arrival in Tehran; according to article 7 of the Islamic Republic’s Penal Code, anyone who has filed a political refugee case is considered a person engaged in propaganda against the Islamic regime and therefore criminal, and

– the previous persecution of Sirvan himself by the regime in Iran,

if Mohammad Sirvan Foroutan is returned to Iran by Sweden, it will be tantamount to Sweden executing him.

I demand an immediate halt to Sweden’s intended illegal deportation of Mohammad Sirvan Foroutan, who is at clear risk for execution if returned to the Islamic Republic. Refugees have a right to asylum, protection, and no forced return. Yet in this case and in many others at clear risk of persecution if forcibly returned to Iran, Sweden has grievously violated the rights of asylum-seekers.

Sweden must not only immediately halt the illegal deportation of Mohammad Sirvan Foroutan, but must immediately cease all deportations to Iran.

Sincerely,
[name]

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.

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