By: Ahmad Zaki Khalil, Asylum rights activist in Sweden
Afghanistan is a country with highest numbers of asylum seekers each year in the world and many others who are suffering with lots of challenges and threats are fleeing from this country, many lose their lives in oceans on the way to Australia, Greece and other countries or there are some who are hanged in Iran.
It’s to put a light on the situation of the afghan asylum seekers, how are they making it there and how are them being sent back without considering the human and asylum rights. The government of Afghanistan in the contrary has no idea on what’s happening to its citizens.
The month of April is reminding the Afghan asylum seekers in Sweden of their upset days they spent with hunger strikes, last year. It’s to put a glance on the event and also to evaluate on the general situation of the Afghan asylum seekers, the treatment of the immigration services and other organizations in this regard, in Sweden.
50 Afghan men, women and children did a hunger strike with demonstrations on the occasion of the faithless and unfair implementations of the immigrations board of Sweden to their asylum applications and the negative decisions given to their asylum requests, in front of the building of the immigration office stationed in northern Boden city, in April 2013. There were 16 Afghans who started to hunger strike and many including women and children were standing with them in the coldest winter weather there to support them. This demonstration lasted 23 days within which many organizations including Ajmal Amin the diplomat from the Afghan embassy in Norway had visits from the demonstration, and met the hunger strikers and families.
Many discussions took place between the hunger strikers and the migration board which resulted to have individual reassessments of the asylum applications by the migration board plus they named such demonstrations beyond definitions given to asylum process and emphasized on the individual assessments.
The discussions with the migration board took them to nowhere and during this time The Swedish Network of Refugee Support Groups (FARR) which is supporting the asylum rights showed up to Boden and requested for a stop to the hunger strike and implementing a legal step in this regard, instead.
The hunger strikers and the demonstrators as per their continues respects to the immigration and asylum law and the negotiations of FARR and its practical legal implementations, stopped the hunger strike. Now it’s one year since the Afghans did the hunger strike and even though many asylum supporting units and organizations exist, no fair attention is paid to the afghan asylum applications and are mostly given negative decisions by the migration board, some of the ones who had hunger stroked were detained and deported to Afghanistan by force, it followed many to live in hidden, there are many who are in danger of force deportations to Afghanistan.
Ahmad zada and Ali Zada’s families who have been living in Sweden for more than 2 years are now facing deportations to Afghanistan.
Ali Alizada a household to two children with his wife who had fled from Afghanistan due to serious life threats against him and his family and applied asylum in Sweden is now facing force deportation to Afghanistan. Mir Wahab Ahmadzada one another of many with his wife and his 10-year old daughter is so frightened from the force deportation.
Bahar Ahmadzada who has 10 years has learned the Swedish language well and has attended schools and has gotten used to the school and environment since she made it Sweden, she speaks very good Swedish and the deportation to Afghanistan is the only thing that keeps her from her studies and her fruitful growth in the society. Bahar’s parents have no housing and education facilities left home and as many others have sold what they had to spend to flee from Afghanistan.
Maieda Ali Zada, 8, has been to school and learned Swedish with so interest. “We have nothing in Afghanistan” she added. These two families as examples to hundreds of other families have nothing left in Afghanistan and have to live such a striven life with threats if deported.
The Afghan asylum seekers already suffering from many tensions are being deported by force.
The migration board of Sweden not paying a precise attention and consideration to the current security situation of Afghanistan, their general assessments and unfair decisions made based on the general situation of Afghanistan, the silence of many of the united nations high commissions of refugees, the Swedish migration board considering the old reports of the international protection needs of asylum seekers from Afghanistan are of the obstacles for the unfair situation of the Afghan asylum seekers in the region and have turned the definition of human rights to a just commercial based title.