AYS Daily Digest 19.11.17: Police say they are happy to let refugee on hunger strike die

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Credit: Claudio Cadei


Hesam has been under police custody for the last ten days and is expected to stay there until his deportation to Iran. Tonight, Hesam was transferred to a hospital. According to a post by Arash Hampay on Facebook. Hesam was questioned about his refusal to eat. Hesam replied that, “Until you set me free I will stay on hunger strike, because I didn’t do any crime, and if you deport me I might die there,” to which the policeman replied, “Ok. So you will die.” That anybody, let alone a police officer, would respond in such a way is deeply troubling, especially so when the circumstances are taken into account. There have been numerous cases of refugees attempting suicide after their asylum application was rejected, as happened today when a 29 year old on Rhodes attempted suicide. As of now there is no information about the person in question, but for those who are familiar with the conditions on the islands cannot say that this comes as a surprise. Life is very difficult on the islands, with many leading hopeless lives without any assurances of a better future.

Would they truly allow Hesam to die? This is very unlikely, given the publicity that such a scenario would inevitably attract. The most likely scenario is that sooner or later, the authorities will demand that Hesam be force-fed to keep him at the very bare minimum of life.

We at AYS stand in solidarity with Hesam, as well as with all other refugees who were forced from their homeland and whose life now hangs in the balance as the threat of deportation lingers over their heads. We hope to see Hesam’s case resolved in his favor, that he is able to continue his life without the lingering threat of imprisonment by the Iranian regime.


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The AYS van has been vandalized after our appeal to keep the residents in Zagreb rather than moving them to a motel near the Serbian border. The police has opened aninvestigation, but we don’t expect much out of it. We use this vehicle every day to bring both kids and adults from Porin camp to different educational or other activities, to move those who’ve been granted asylum to their new homes, to distribute donations etc. We are completely paralyzed without it. If you would like to contribute to repairing the van, please contact us on FB. We’d really appreciate it.


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The encampment continues its existence. Photo Credit: Francis Voignier

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