Rights group to Switzerland: don’t expel Iraqi
The World Organisation Against Torture calls on Switzerland to free asylum seeker Fahad Khammas.ZURICH - Campaigners from the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) called on Switzerland to reconsider expelling an Iraqi immigrant they say faces death threats back home.
The Swiss authorities should free Fahad Khammas, who was featured in an award-winning documentary on asylum seekers, rather than expelling him, said an OMCT statement.
Khammas, 24, was held in isolation since Friday at the Zurich airport prison "without any legal basis", said the statement, issued Tuesday.
"The OMCT is extremely concerned about the conditions under which Mr Khammas is currently being detained and expresses its alarm about his mental and physical deterioration," the organisation said.
Khammas, who says he worked as a translator for the US military in Baghdad and that he received death threats from Iraqi militia, had stopped eating, he added.
Swiss officials were preparing to send Khammas back to Sweden, where his asylum request was already rejected and where he was in danger of being returned to Iraq, it said.
Under an agreement signed in 2008, Iraq is to take back asylum seekers rejected by Sweden.
Khammas starred in "The Fortress," a 2008 documentary on asylum seekers that won the top prize at Switzerland's Locarno film festival.
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