Iran declares German asylum politics unlawful


Published on German daily “Die Welt”, 9. March 2010
English translation kindly provided by Josh Manning; edited by germantoenglish

Iran has distinctly criticized the German asylum plan for Iranian dissidents. The move was unlawful and politically motivated, said a speaker in the state department. The Federal Republic had announced to accept Iranian citizens from foreign countries who are considered dissidents by Tehran.

The state department of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sharply attacked the German asylum politics. (Picture: dpa)

The speaker of the Iranian State Department declared the asylum plans for Iranian dissidents unlawful and politically motivated. “Some of those people who could return to Iran without any problems depict their situation in a way that suggests they are in mortal danger, and the European countries use this fact in order to claim that Iranians are flocking into Western countries en masse” Those who give such a story only wanted to profit from asylum abroad, he added. On Monday, Germany had disclosed that it was ready to accept Iranian citizens who were regarded as dissidents by Iran.

Regardless of this move, the European court of Justice for Human Rights in Sweden prohibited the deportation of an Iranian to his homeland. This man had secretly fled his homeland and would risk arrest and mistreatment on his return, ruled a Strasbourg judge. The risk is all the larger since an increase in heavy human rights violations has been noticed following last year’s elections in Iran. Under these circumstances, deportation would be an offense to the prohibition of torture.

The presently 44 year old man had arrived in Sweden during 2003 and placed a request for political asylum. He stated he was arrested during a demonstration in July of 2001. He was held in prison for two years before he was able to flee. Afterward, he hid in a truck to flee Iran.

According to his own account, the Iranian was repeatedly tortured during his detention in his homeland. A medical certificate verified scars which possibly resulted from abuse. However, his request for asylum was rejected. The Swedish authorities made it clear that the statements of the man were of little credibility. Although, the Court of Justice for Human Rights disagreed with this. “Largely and wholly” the description by the Iranian is quite conclusive. Sweden was one of the signers of the European Convention on human rights and committed itself to respect the decisions of the Strasbourg court.

Iran has experienced the heaviest domestic crisis since the Islamic Revolution in 1979. After the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, protests erupted repeatedly in which numerous people were arrested and convicted.


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