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To: DoctorZIn
Democrats fear for Iranian deportee's safety

Apr 8, 2004

The Australian Democrats say the Federal Government has effectively signed a "death warrant" for an Iranian asylum seeker.

The party's South Australian refugees spokeswoman, Kate Reynolds, says she has been told that an Iranian man was secretly moved from the Baxter detention centre to Perth last night for deportation.

Ms Reynolds says the man's lawyers are angry they were not told and believe the man still had legal options to obtain residency.

She says it is likely the man, who fled Iran after converting to Christianity, has already been flown out of Australia.

"It's very dangerous to be a Christian convert and to be sent back to Iran," she said.

"We are particularly concerned for this man because we believe he's been unrepresented through some of the legal process, so he's not in fact exhausted all of the legal avenues open to him."

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_5634.shtml
9 posted on 04/07/2004 10:41:52 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn; VxH
Good post by VxH at:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1111516/posts?page=146#146

Amazing, the effects of one, single, piece of tape... placed by a bungling burglar.

No Tape = no Watergate.
No Watergate = no "Carter years".
No Carter = no Islamic Revolution
No Islamic Revolution = no Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan
No Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan = No Osama, No Iran/Iraq war, no Saddam... And so the pinball bounces.

Now, imagine the game proceeding with the fingers of Ol
"Hanoi Johny" on the flippers.

20-20 hindsight.

That's why I'll be voting for W.
10 posted on 04/07/2004 10:51:25 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (John Fedayeen Kerry - the Mullahs' regime candidate)
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To: DoctorZIn
Asylum seeker sent back to Iran

April 08, 2004

AN IRANIAN would-be asylum seeker has been sent back to Iran, the Federal Government confirmed today.

The move was described as act of violence by the Uniting Church of Australia,

The Iranian man, who had been at South Australia's Baxter Detention Centre, was deported after he was found not to be a refugee.

The man arrived in Iran about 6pm (AEST) today, a spokesman for Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone said.

President of the Uniting Church, Reverend Dr Dean Drayton, condemned the move, saying the man could face persecution, torture and death.

"That the Government would return people to a country where persecution and torture are a fact of life is an abuse of the power that has been vested in them," Dr Drayton said in a statement.

"It is time for the Government to take its responsibility to refugees seriously. This is not an act of service. It is an act of violence."

Refugee group Project SafeCom said a 23-year-old Iranian man went missing from the detention centre last night.

It was not known whether he was the man sent back to Iran.

Project SafeCom spokesperson Jack Smit said the group held fears for the man's safety because he had recently converted to Christianity.

"Under the terms of the cultural Sharia laws of Iran, membership of a non-Muslim faith is regarded as an extremely serious offence, classified as a heresy," Mr Smit said.

The Federal Government could not confirm the age of the deported Iranian man.

UnitingJustice director Reverend Elenie Poulos said the Iranian government would not ensure the protection of returned asylum seekers.

"Iran is not safe. It is clear that the Iranian government cannot guarantee their willingness or ability to offer effective protection to people who are persecuted in their own country," Reverend Poulos said.

"The Government's system of processing refugee claims is flawed. The Government should halt all deportations of asylum seekers until they can prove that they are not in need of protection."

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,9229921%255E1702,00.html
22 posted on 04/08/2004 9:02:57 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn
We're not getting much of a story here, but one thing is consistent with these Australian refugee stories........Australia doesn't want them.
36 posted on 04/08/2004 6:12:30 PM PDT by nuconvert ("America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." ( President Bush 3-20-04))
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