Hunger-strike background: “deaths after deportation” report

THE CURRENT HUNGER STRIKE in Campsfield was triggered by yet another death of a refugee, after forced removal by HM Government to the “safety” of Northern Iraq. The message below (from last month) gives further insight into the ghastly tragedies being enacted there: the ‘disappearance’ of Kadir Abdullah and suicide of his daughter. The author is Dashty Jamal, of the International Federation of Iraqi Refugees (IFIR).

One thing that makes these deaths different from those of other returned refugees, is the fact that details of some of them are being recorded. There are frail but still-functioning networks of brave human rights activists there who are still capable of recording the facts and disseminating them. There are fewer such networks to record the fates of those returned to Congo, Afghanistan, China, Nigeria, Iran, Eritrea etc – and HM Government certainly isn’t attempting to record them.

Nor is the largely EU-funded IOM (International Organisation of Migration) which handles the so-called ‘voluntary’ returnees (such as Kadir Abdullah who, like so many others, eventually gave up the bitter and unequal fight for sanctuary in the UK).

Bob Hughes


UK Home office is responsible for the disappearance of Kadir Salih Abdullah

Kadir Salih Abdullah DOB 01.04.1964 arrived in the UK 29 October 2000.  He left a family of six children in Kurdistan.  After five years of fighting for asylum, not being able to work and being forced to rely on the charity of friends Kadir gave up the fight and signed voluntary return papers on 24 March 2005 through the IOM scheme.  Shortly after returning to Kurdistan Kadir was kidnapped  in front of his home in an area under the control of Patriotic of Union Kurdistan (PUK).  His daughter was so distressed at his disappearance that she committed suicide. His five remaining boys  and family  have contacted IFIR to report his disappearance and asking for our support.

Iraqi Kurdistan is not an independent state and is not part of a stable state.  Kurdish people are in limbo with an uncertain future.  The problems facing Iraqi Kurdistan are the outcome of the US and UK lead Iraq war. Since the first Gulf war Kurdistan has been ruled by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan-PUK and the Kurdistan Democratic Party-KDP both are authoritative and undemocratic. Many people are unemployed in Kurdistan and public services are very poor. The persecution of human rights campaigners and journalists is clear evidence of the inhumane policies of the Kurdish authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan.

On 21 July 2008 at 9pm Soran Mama Hama a journalist at the lvin magazine was killed in Kurkuk. Terrorist groups and Islamic parties are intimidating Kurdish people on a daily basis. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and US Secretary state reports all indicate violations of human rights in Iraqi Kurdistan and show that the life of the Kurdish people in Iraqi Kurdistan is at risk due to the policies of Kurdish authorities. Thus, the Kurdish people are victims of international, regional powers and the Kurdish authorities. The KDP and PUK are not able to protect Kurdish people and provide public services which has Lead to many Kurdish people leaving Iraqi Kurdistan

IFIR demands that the UK Goverment put pressure on the KRG to find Mr Kadir Salih Abdullah and immediately to stop the forcible deportation of kurdish asylum seekers.  The UK Home Office has deported approximately 500 Iraqi asylum seekers to the Kurdish region of Iraq since March 2005.

Dashty Jamal

International Federation of Iraqi Refugees-IFIR

PO.BOX1575,ILFORD, IG1 3BZ, LONDON UK   Tel:0044 7856032991


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