2003 Report by the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, Theo van Boven


Urgent appeals

1053. On 25 November 2002, the Special Rapporteur sent a joint urgent appeal with the Special Rapporteurs on the right to freedom of opinion and expression and violence against women, its causes and consequences, on behalf of Siamak Ghonchehe, an Iranian citizen from Saghaz, Iranian Kurdistan, his wife and two children who were reportedly facing imminent and forcible repatriation to the Islamic Republic of Iran. He and his family had arrived in Norway on 29 July 2001. He had reportedly fled his country after three friends members of thes same political party as him, the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran. It was reported that his request for asylum had been denied by theh Immigration Appeals Board on the grounds that he did not present any documented proves of his political involvement in Iran. It was alleged that he could appeal this decidion but that he would nonetheless be deported pending the review of his case. They were said to be in hiding in order to avoid deporatation.

1054. By letter dated 9 December 2002, the Government confirmed that the family’s application for asylum had been rejected by the Directorate of Immigration on 14 February 2002 on the basis that the grounds for asylum were not proved to be founded. The Immigration Appeals Board made a final decision to reject the application on the same grounds. Furthermore, the Appeals Board learned that the family had come to Norway on a visa to visit Siamak Ghonchehe’s sister. Therefore, it was considered that the family had left Iran on a valid passport, with a valid exit permit and a valid visa showing their correct identity. In the view of the Appeals Board, it was unlikely that the family would have been granted such a permit if the Iranian authorities had been monitoring them because of Siamak Ghonchehe’s political activities. The Government informed the Special Rapporteur that his communication would nonetheless be appended to the case dossier.

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Nigeria Oman

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