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There is considerable evidence of the dangers of returning asylum seekers to Iraq now, so far, July was the deadliest month for Iraqis in over two years, with 535 people killed. “We urge the Home Office to consider the latest deterioration of the security situation before deporting Iraqi asylum seekers. The silence deportation of Iraqis must be halted.” Says Jabbar Hasan of Iraqi Association in Hammersmith.

A 32 year old Samir, with another group of Iraqi asylum seekers in Campsfield detention centre are due to be deported on 6 September. Samir is from Baghdad, he arrived here 3 years ago, and his family also fled Iraq, now he has no one left in Baghdad. Iraq is in political limbo, the parliamentary election took place in March, and 173 days later, the country is still without a government. Nihilist groups have been quick to exploit the impasse and attacks have spiked

“We need adequate monitoring of forcibly returned Iraqi asylum seekers, some EU states, though not the UK, already allow Red Cross observers to accompany asylum seekers being forcibly returned. Iraqis are people and, they should not be treated as commodities, they are parceled up, packaged and sent out of Europe, using hired secret chartered flights.” Says Jabbar Hasan.

Many of those who fled Iraq are severely traumatized by war and violence. Some have developed symptoms of complete depressive breakdown, including severe apathy, and unable to thrive emotionally and physically due to traumatic experiences in Iraq. Every cow which goes in and out of Europe is tagged, documented and monitored so that EU officials know details of its movements and its whereabouts. It is fully traceable. But the fate of Iraqi asylum seekers is nobody’s concern. They have less value than live-stock.

“Our Charity services more than 4000 people every year, they come to us for food, advice, friendship and shelter.” said Jabbar.

For more information please contact Jabbar 020 8741 5491 Email: info@iraqiassociation.org

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