Lawyers seek end to Iran hunger strike

14th November 2003, Comments 0 comments

14 November 2003 , BRUSSELS – Lawyers representing 250 Iranian asylum seekers protesting, some through hunger strike, at a Brussels university, met with representatives of the Ministry for the Interior Thursday in an attempt to end the 70-day saga.

14 November 2003

BRUSSELS – Lawyers representing 250 Iranian asylum seekers protesting, some through hunger strike, at a Brussels university, met with representatives of the Ministry for the Interior Thursday in an attempt to end the 70-day saga.

“We wanted to convince the government that there is a real danger for these people should they return to Iran.

“We don’t want preferential treatment… just want what the Geneva convention permits,” one of the two lawyers, Georges-Henri Beauthier, told Belgian daily Le Soir.

Belgian Interior Minister Patrick Dewael has refused to negotiate with the group of asylum seekers until they first put an end to their hunger strike, an act which he has labelled as blatant blackmail.

Daroush Siavachkhah, a 30-year-old Iranian electrician, sewed his lips together Wednesday as he entered his fourth week of starving at the University of Brussels (ULB) campus.

The lawyers in question expect an answer before the weekend as to whether the asylum seekers' files can be re-opened and re-examined.

[Copyright Expatica News 2003]

Subject: Belgian news







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