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Below are details of a protest organised for this Thursday in London (and elsewhere). Apologies if you feel this isn't relevant to CASI; I think we could argue, however, that Britain's current refugee-related policies are yet another sanction against the Iraqi people... Nick. ----- National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns (NCADC) 110 Hamstead Road Birmingham B20 2QS Phone: 0121-554-6947 Fax: 0870-055-4570 E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: http://www.ncadc.demon.co.uk/ "Asylum Rights are Human Rights!" On 25th May 2000 the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees are organising an international demonstration in a number of European countries to highlight the plight of thousands of refugees in Turkey and lend support to the demands of Iraqi refugees facing a bleak future in Turkey. Demonstrate Thursday 25th May 2000 12 to 2:30 PM UNHCR - London Office Mill Bank Tower Mill Bank London SW1P 4QH You are probably up to date on the current social and political situation in Iraq and are aware of the reasons forcing people to leave their homes and flee from Iraq. Generally speaking insecurity and fear for one's life, war, terror and murders and the military intervention of the regional states, compounded by the continuation of economic sanctions and the suppressive rule of the Iraqi regime, have made people's lives intolerable. The political uncertainty and the lack of law and order in Iraqi/Kurdistan are forcing people to seek a way out and head for a safe place and a life worthy of human beings. In the past decade Turkey has acted as a gateway for thousands of Iraqi desperate to reach a safe third country through the offices of UNHCR. The amount of suffering and hardship borne on Iraqi refugees is unbelievable. Daily harassment and fear of arrests and deportation, lack of daily provisions and financial hardship and on top of all these the inhumane treatment of these refugees at the hands of UNHCR officials has turned the lives of Iraqi refugees in Turkey into living hell. The UNHCR office in Turkey by embarking on measures including turning down new applications, refusing to consider appeals and long delays in dealing with applications-usually exceeding one year and longer, has further intensified the suffering of the Iraqi refugees in Turkey. We would like once again, to bring to your attention the current difficult situation faced by the Iraqi refugees in Turkey and call on you to put pressure on UNHCR to meet and deliver the demands and requests of the refugees listed below: The recognition of the rights to asylum, by the UNHCR Office in Turkey, for all Iraqi asylum seekers fleeing from Iraq as a result of the insecurity, political turmoil and lack of safety. Reopening of those files that have been closed, not dealt with or have been rejected. To recognise the representatives of the Council of Iraqi Refugees (CIR) in Turkey as the collective voice of the refugees and regular meetings between the representative of CIR and UNHCR in Turkey to deal with the grievances of the refugees. For further information please contact: Dashti Jamal: 0961 441357 or Osman Reza: 07940240464 Federation of Iraqi Refugees - Britain -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq For removal from list, email email@example.com Full details of CASI's various lists can be found on the CASI website: http://welcome.to/casi