Action de protestation à l’ambassade de Chypre: Respect du droit d’asile pour les réfugiés kurdes

Ce vendredi 1O novembre, le MAS et Résistance Internationale ont organisé une rassemblement devant l’ambassade de Chypre à Bruxelles. Cette action fait partie d’une campagne de solidarité internationale pour les réfugiés kurdes à Chypre, menacés d’être expulsé vers la Syrie. Nos organisations sœurs dans le monde ont mené des actions similaires dans leurs pays.

Boris Malarme

Nous avons demandé à être reçus par l’ambassadeur pour lui remettre une cinquantaine de lettres de protestation. Nous voulions l’interpeller afin que le gouvernement chypriote reconnaisse le droit à l’asile pour les réfugiés kurdes. Après plus de 30 minutes de négociation, nous avons reçu comme seule réponse que les lettres lui seront transmises et son refus catégorique de nous recevoir. Cela illustre la nécessité de continuer à mettre pression sur le gouvernement chypriote pour qu’il ne remette pas les kurdes à leurs oppresseurs et tortionnaires Syriens.

Participe à la campagne en envoyant une lettre de protestation à

  • Dimitris Christofias, President of Parliament, gen. secretary of AKEL
  • N. Silikiotis, Minister of Interior,
  • Office of the Ombudsman
  • Government spokesman,
  • Greek Cypriot embassy,

envoi aussi une copie à Youth against Nationalism in Cyprus:

Committee for a Workers International:

Model Protest Letter for Kurdish Solidarity Campaign

Dear Sir/Madam,

We would like to bring to your attention and protest at the inhuman conditions facing Kurdish refugees in Cyprus who amongst others were involved in a protest campaign last May 2006 to force the government to implement their legal welfare and benefit rights. The campaign involved an occupation of Eleftheria square and the Red Cross buildings.

Since then about 100 Kurdish refugees, the huge majority of them from Syria, applied for asylum but have had their appeals rejected. The asylum application procedure was severely flawed with no account taken by government officials of the oppression of Kurds in Syria (but also Iran, Iraq and Turkey). Most of the interviews lasted a little more than an hour, including translation, and the applicants complain that they were repeatedly interrupted and not allowed to finish what they wanted to say. Whenever they tried to speak about the oppression they face as a nationality they were told this was irrelevant to their application.

Most of the applications for asylum were rejected. Nobody was granted political asylum! Not even asylum for humanitarian purposes was granted to anybody. No tolerance was shown either. Everything shows that the authorities particularly the police authorities, moved in a vindictive way, and many Kurdish refugees face the prospect of deportation.

The authorities seem to disregard the fact that if the refugees are deported back to Syria they will face certain imprisonment and torture at the hands of the Syrian regime – most of them will probably “disappear”! We want to stress to you that after the May mobilisations of the Kurds in Cyprus, the families of those who participated were visited by the Syrian secret police to be informed that the authorities know about the activities of their family members in Cyprus. They were threatened that they would pay for it.

We understand that the Cypriot people suffered a lot in the past, due to the coup de etat organised by the far right and the Greek military regime, and through the Turkish invasion of the island that caused 200,000 refugees (1/3 of the population). The representatives of the Cypriot people would be expected therefore to show sensitivity when other people face similar conditions.

We would like to express our complete opposition to the Cypriot government’s present treatment of the Kurdish refugees. You should understand that we will fight for the rights of the Kurdish refugees and the Kurdish people in the same way that you would expect us to fight for the rights of the Cypriot people and refugees. If there is no change in policy by the Cypriot government, therefore, you should know that we will spread publicity about this issue as widely as possible internationally and explain the role of your government in taking part in the oppression of Kurdish refugees.

We demand asylum and a policy of tolerance and hospitality to the Kurdish refugees.


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