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ICRIR PRESS RELEASE, 16 December 2010: ICRIR meets with UNHCR Representative;

Concerns for Protesting Iranian Refugees in Turkey Persist

Representatives of the International Coalition for the Rights of Iranian Refugees (ICRIR) met
today with UNHCR representatives to discuss the demands of Iranian refugees in Turkey. The
opening of dialogue was welcome; however, Iranian refugees in Turkey remain resolute in their
decision to demonstrate against the UNHCR in Ankara. ICRIR warns the Turkish government to
refrain from any violence or threat of violence against demonstrating Iranian refugees, and
requests the support of the Turkish people and people worldwide in ensuring that the human
rights of Iranian refugees are upheld by the Turkish government.

Washington, DC, December 16, 2010 — Representatives of the International Coalition for the
Rights of Iranian Refugees (ICRIR) met today with UNHCR's Representative to the United
States and the Caribbean in Washington DC to discuss the demands of Iranian refugees in
Turkey. These demands are the focus of international demonstrations this weekend in support of
Iranian refugees who plan to demonstrate against the UNHCR in Turkey in the coming weeks.

ICRIR welcomes the opening of a dialogue with UNHCR regarding the rights of Iranian and
other refugees in Turkey, Iraq, Greece and elsewhere. UNHCR representative Vincent Cochetel
demonstrated willingness to listen to the needs and demands of Iranian asylum-seekers, and to
work with ICRIR to improve the situation of Iranian refugees within the scope of UNHCR's
responsibilities.

ICRIR expects to continue to advocate in support of refugees in Turkey with the assistance of
UNHCR; however, as their fundamental demands currently remain unmet with no expectation of
immediate resolution, Iranian refugees intend to continue with their planned demonstration in
Ankara.

ICRIR is extremely concerned about the safety and welfare of the peaceful refugee
demonstrators in Ankara; the Turkish police are well known for their brutality, and death threats
have already been received by Iranian activists in Turkey in connection with these
demonstrations. We have documented the names and the UNHCR case numbers of each refugee
participating in these demonstrations, and we will make those names available to the UN and to
the media should any violence or threat of violence be leveraged against these individuals.

ICRIR demands that the Turkish government allow Iranian asylum-seekers to exercise their
fundamental right to protest without fear of reprisal. We reach out to the people of Turkey and
ask them to support the human rights and human demands of Iranian asylum-seekers.

At the same time that we vigorously advocate on behalf of Iranian refugees in Turkey, we urge
awareness that the situation facing Iranian refugees in Turkey is not unique: Iranian refugees face
continued illegal persecution and detention in Greece, and the condition of Iranian refugees in
Iraq is grave and demands urgent amelioration.

Contact:
Soheila Nikpour
Maria Rohaly
International Coalition for the Rights of Iranian Refugees
email: icri.refugees@gmail.com
phone: 202.630.0385