Our Friend Hani Taleghani Denied Refuge in FINLAND! Take Action to Demand His Right to Asylum!
- finish Government, European Parliament, UN, Ban Ki Moon, UNHCR, Navy Pillay, Amnesty International
This is your story and your future and your life and we will do everything to help you. Together! Hand in hand! Worldwide! We are very pleased and thankful for your positive decision to break your hunger strike.
It is important for the world to understand the ways that the Islamic Republic of Iran creates situations in which people can’t live anymore.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is a brutally repressive regime, and all who flee its inhumanity and violence have a prima facie right to asylum, including Hani Taleghani.
The Finnish Government, with its interminable delays in dealing with Hani's case have unfairly and inhumanely suspended this young man's life, a violation of Article 47 of the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights. Further, the Finnish government's degrading treatment of Hani Taleghani, by forcing him to court, unrepresented and in very poor physical condition, violates Articles 3, 4, and 47 of the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights.
The following is an excerpt from Hani Taleghani’s statement about his case as an asylum-seeker in Finland.
"I, Hani Awaz Taleghani, was born on 29 Ordibehesht 1363 (19 May 1984), in the city of Rasht, Iran. Three years ago, on the 9th of September 2008, I sought asylum in Finland. After 10 months of waiting in a camp in the middle of the forest, on June 2009, I was interviewed at the migration office of Finland in the city of Imatra."
Hani's asylum application was denied, twice. After many months of frustration from waiting to appeal the Finnish government's decision on his asylum case, Hani writes that in early 2011, "I was taken to court. I just managed to say, 'I protest' – I was not allowed to speak more. They told me, 'You need to go back to the prison and we will examine your case within two weeks.' Back in prison, I tried to locate my legal advisor and ask for help."
Unable to reach his lawyer, Hani says, "I felt there was no other way to deal with my case but going on hunger strike. For 8 days, I only took two sugar cubes and a litre of water. Then I was taken to court despite my very bad physical situation. Two policemen came and took me to court by force. I didn’t even have my shoes on. While I was fading in and out of consciousness, the policeman was twisting my arm. Very politely, I asked him to be a little more gentle, but he did the opposite. Later, they put me in a cell 2×2 meters square, for 30 minutes. Then 2 policemen came and dragged me out and into the courtroom. I said that I would like to defend myself, but the judge did not allow me. After 2 minutes, they said, “You go [back to detention] for another 2 weeks.” I protested, but the judge ordered those two policemen to take me out of the court. I was taken back to that little cell, and I stayed there for an hour. I passed out and fell on the cold floor of that room. Later, I was taken by two policemen to the detention center."
The Finnish government's abusive treatment of Hani has violated his fundamental rights under EU law. Hani should not have been forced to appear in court, unrepresented. He was not physically fit to stand in court, and yet he was forced to do so. He was subjected to physical abuse by the authorities. As a person who has fled the Islamic Republic's well-documented inhumanity, he has a right to protection, and the Finnish government is under international and EU obligation to confer that protection on Hani Taleghani.
As a person who has fled the Islamic Republic's well-documented inhumanity, he has a right to protection, and the Finnish government is under international and EU obligation to confer that protection on Hani Taleghani.
We the undersigned demand that the Finnish Government immediately recognize Hani Awaz Taleghani as a refugee with the full complement of rights that accompany that status.