Hamid Ghorbani & Houshang Parsa

Photo credit: Torje Kosmo Karlsen, http://www.nrk.no

The government of Norway has denied asylum to Iranians Hushang Parsa and Hamid Gorbani, who identify with the anti-government Green Movement. The Islamic regime brutally represses peaceful protesters, journalists, students, and human rights activists within its borders. Among those who flee, the regime pressures them to return or to collaborate with the regime abroad, particularly in those countries where the Islamic regime’s agents have enjoyed a free hand in illegal activities like Turkey and Iraq. Under these circumstances, any effort by Norway to forcibly return Houshang Parsa and Hamid Ghorbani clearly and egregiously violates of the principle of non-refoulement: “no refugee should be returned in any manner whatsoever to any country where he or she would be at risk of persecution.” Norway has signed the Convention and Protocol on the Status of Refugees, where this principle is enshrined.

Skistua Reception Center (Asylum-Seekers' Camp) - Photo by http://www.nrk.no

Together with the International Federation of Iranian Refugees and No Human Is Illegal, Mission Free Iran is working to support the cases of Hamid and Houshang, who fear for their lives should they be forced to return to Iran.

This page serves as an index for all campaign-related files, documents, and photos for these young men. These materials will be used to support their efforts to obtain refugee status in Norway.

Information about Hamid, Houshang, and their living conditions in Skistua Camp for Asylum-Seekers in Narvik, Norway
September 30, 2010: Interview with Hamid Ghorbani & Pejman Bahadori: The Silent Screams – A Conversation with Iranian Asylum-Seekers in Norway, by Abbas Shokras, translation by Tour Irani

Letterwriting and petitions
September 26, 2010: Letterwriting: Hamid & Houshang STAY!/حمید و هوشنگ را اخراج نکنید
September 28, 2010: Petition: Hamid and Hushang, Iranian Refugees in Norway: Asylum, Protection, No Forced Return

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