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2011-08-16To: the Swedish Migration BoardSubject: Request for a review of an asylum caseRe: Navid Merpourzadih 800321Born in Gachsaaraan,IranMigration Authority Reference No: 112408447Dear Sir/Madam!
We received with regret the news of Migration Authority’s decision to deport Navid Mirpourzadeh
, amember of our organization, coordinator of our campaign in support of political prisoners in Iran andtheir families, asylum rights activist, and an activist against execution and stoning.We strongly believe that the decision was taken either irrespective of the realities on the ground in Iran,
Navid’s previous home country, or du
e to lack of logical argument as a result of legal misrepresentation.Therefore we once again request a review and a new ruling o
n our member’s request for political
asylum status, and we request that he be given leave to stay in Sweden, the country that is hisdeliberate choice in which to live.
This time, to argue for our case, we would like to emphasize Navid’s political activities in Sweden,
where, thanks to the general respect for democratic values and individual rights
unlike in Iran underthe Islamic Republic
political activities for freedom in Iran and a humane governanceare conducted in total openness, transparency and are therefore documentable
characteristics of political activity that are rare under dictatorships such as Iran, Syria, Libya, etc. [i], due to the nature of political and security realities on the ground.
Navid’s political activities in Sweden
Navid is a member of our organization, an international political group called Mission Free Iran (MFI). [ii]Our mission statement clearly calls for overthrow of Islamic regime in its entirety and the establishmentof a democratic, humane and progressive governance. We among others demand and campaign for the
Islamic regime’s expulsion from ILO, UNCSW, WHO
and other International institutions.
We were one of the initiators and major participants of the renowned international campaign, “SaveSakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.” As a member of MFI, he is responsible for refugee
-related activities: MFIis one of four constituent organizations of the International Coalition for the Rights of Iranian Refugees(ICRIR). [iii]
As MFI’s Sweden
coordinator for refugees, Navid answers requests sent by individual asylum seekers inneed of legal, moral and social assistance; he also coordinates group actions striving for respect for therights of refugees, which are universally recognized under
international law. Among ourrecent activities in which Navid played a central role, the cases of Keivan Soufastaei, Mohammad MehdiMaleki, Marzieh Kamangar and others should be mentioned
all of whom were to be illegally delivered