On the 16th – 17th April the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees has called a demonstration outside the UN office in Geneva against policies that victimise Iraqi asylum seekers in Europe.
We will be holding a demonstration in solidarity with the IFIR outside the UK Border Agency, 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff on Friday 17th April at 1pm. We call on all opponents of the illegal invasion of Iraq to join us. Showing solidarity with people from Iraq who have been able to flee should form a key part of anti-war activism.
It’s six years since the British and American military machine illegally invaded Iraq, the justification of Weapons of Mass Destruction was a lie, the promises of freedom and democracy are further away now than ever. Contrary to media spin, the scientifically established consensus is that well over a 1,000,000 Iraqi people have been killed as a result of the war. The complete lack of security, high levels of destruction, violence and poverty have meant that Iraqi refugees remain the highest percentage of any nationality entering neighbouring countries, Europe, America and worldwide. The situation for Iraqi refugees in the UK, like that in many other countries is a tragedy with many thousands forced into destitution or are locked up indefinitely in detention centres and faced with the prospect of being deported to a war torn country they’ve risked everything to escape.
The International Federation of the Iraqi Refugees calls upon the United Nations to make the following demands:
- An immediate end to the policy of enforced deportation of Iraqi Kurdish refugees by all European countries.
- Require all European governments to recognise previous agreements between the Iraqi Kurdish government and European countries regarding the deportation of refugees as invalid because their safety simply cannot be guaranteed.
- Require the release from prisons and detention centres of all Iraqi refugees who have been detained because of illegal entry or their leave to remain has expired. Those who have committed a crime should be charged and tried in the country where the crime was committed, not forcibly deported.
- Demand that Kurdish and Iraqi asylum seekers be allowed to work to support themselves and have the right to family reunion.
- Those asylum seekers who are disabled, ill, or destitute and cannot work should be treated with compassion.
- Asylum seekers who are destitute in countries outside Europe should be supported with health services and education or transferred to a European country.
- The United Nations should require European countries to fulfil the above demands and stop enforced deportations of refugees.
What you can do:
- Join us outside the UK Border Agency office, 31-33 Newport Road, Cardiff (map) on Friday 17th April at 1pm
- Demonstrate at the UN office, Avenue de la Paix 14, 1211 Genève 10, Switzerland on the 16th & 17th April
- Write to Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, at the same address or fax 022 917 00 32 calling on the UN to comply with the demands of IFIR (please let IFIR know)
- Donate to IFIR, cheques payable to ‘Coalition to Stop Deportations to Iraq’ to IFIR, PO Box 1575, Ilford, IG1 3BZ.