Federal Officece of Migration in Switzeland
Federal Officece of Migration in Switzeland (ODM)
Officece fédéral des migrations ODM
3003 Berne Wabern
Tél. +41 (0)31 325 11 11
Due to the transfer of my political asylum by the UN branch at Erbil to Switzeland, I would like to bring to your attention my condition at the present moment and respectfully request immediate action. I'm a political refugee and my asylum File Number 194-09C00213 has been approved by the United Nations on 5th May 2006.
My name is Shahab Ekhtiari. My birthday is Sept 21st, 1966. My father’s name is Fereydoon Ekhtiari. I joined the Mojahedeen Organization of Iran (MKO) in Iraq during the period when the Iranian government was actively arresting political activists in Iran. In 1988, like many other activists, I was forced to go to Iraq along with the Mojahedeeen forces and eventually settled down in the Ashraf camp in the north of Baghdad in the state of Diali.
Due to political dissension within the MKO, I was only active in the national Liberation Army. As a result our unit was separate from the rest of the MKO forces, in an independent unit which had its own space, sleeping quarter, kitchen, etc.
I was active from 1988 to 2004 in the NLA (National Liberation Army). Following the attack by American led coalition forces and the fall of Saddam Hussein as well as the subsequent disarming of the National Liberation Army of Iran and the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran, and also the disarmament treaty, an agreement was signed by every member of the National Liberation Army of Iran and also the MKO. At that time, I decided to depart from the unit I was a member of.
Then, we were interviewed and fingerprinted by the State Department, Pentagon, FBI, and other intelligence agencies in America and also our DNA was checked. After that, American officials announced the status of MKO and NLA members as protected by the Geneva Convention.
Despite opposition by Liberation Army officers of the National Liberation Army of Iran, I anounced my resignation from the NLA on June 30, 2004. I was then transferred to the north side of Camp Ashraf TIPF and was taken under the control of Americans forces.
During 2 years, I was under the worst condition imaginable. Eventually, after a number of video conferences with the Geneva-UN chapter, I was recognized as a political refugee.
Upon anouncement of my admission as a political refugee, I was living in Camp TIPF from the 5th of May 2006 to the 26th April 2008. Americans forces, trasferred me along with hundreds of other people by chopper to Dehkuk, and after 45 days to Erbil. Since that time, I was interviewed several times more by the UN branch at Erbil and was then transferred after 45 days. However, up to the present time, no effective efforts have been spent on my transfer to another country.
Presently, it has been 8 years since I am in a state of limbo and waiting for my transfer to another country. I do not feel secure under the present circumstances.
I am a victim of the sectarian war that is raging in the area and no one is paying any attention to saving us from this hell. Here I have to hide my thoughts and opinions out of fears for my safety. Over the past few years, more than 100 political asylum seekers in Iraqi Kurdistan have been kidnapped by Iranian intelligence agents, then taken to Iran where they have been tortured and even executed.
Now I am a 48 years old man. When I was 20 years old, I was arrested by The Islamic Republic and was tortured extensively. They broke my nose, jaw, ribs and teeth.
At the age of twenty-two, I reluctantly joined the National Liberation Army of Iran. 16 years of my life have passed since then I still do not have any other alternative for an exit.
Each time when I expressed my desire and tendency to leave that army, I was told that I would be imprisoned by the mujahedeen for 2 years, would spend an additional 8 years in the notorious Abu-Garib prison, and I finally would be exchanged as a prisoner of war and handed over to Iran.
I have spent four and a half years at Camp Tiff in the worst conditions. I have lived in Erbil for eight years under the protection of the UN, under constant anxiety and without legal human rights. I have been in exile for 28 years. Under the auspices of the UN, there have not been any changes in my life.
I had to endure all these hardships for my belief in humanitarian ideas. Please, could you tell me when I would have a right to my life? I have spent my entire youth in a state of homelessness and anonymity.
Iran calls me a hypocrite. The Mujahedeen call me a mercenary. The Kurds call me a Kurd killer, The leftist forces call me right wing, and the right wing forces such as the monarchists, call me an Islamic Marxist.
I would not feel safe from any side. I expect a confirmation that my voice is heard so that I can resolve my problems and be transferred to another country where I could reconstruct my life in safety.
According to the UN in Erbil, my file has been transferred to Switzerland. However, no decision has been taken in my case.
I would respectfully request the expediting my case due to the current situation in Iraq, the civilian war and also the penetration of Iranian islamic secret agents to terrorize the Iranian opposition in Iraq, and to save me from the state of terror and uncertainty that I experience in my life every single day.
Organisation suisse d’aide
aux réfugiés OSAR
Case postale 8154
Tél. +41 (0)31 370 75 75
Fax +41 (0)31 370 75 00
Jerome Seregni UNHCR Erbil, Iraq
Tel: +694 7706700689
Visat ext: 90 96402 2704
Nadjia Hafsa Protection Officer.
PhD UNHCR-Iraq North
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