EUROPEAN countries are stepping up their war against asylum seekers with plans to establish a new list of safe countries.
Many asylum seekers are fleeing Iran. Conditions in Iran have not changed, but the rate of recognition for Iranian asylum seekers has fallen dramatically.
One of the reasons is that EU countries have been expanding their economic and political relations with Iran, which is one of the most notorious and repressive regimes in the world.
The Belgian government is negotiating with the Iranian authorities to deport Iranian asylum seekers.
On 19 September, 17 Iranians left the Petit Chateau detention centre in Brussels for the University of Brussels (ULB) after receiving orders to leave the country. Dozens of their compatriots, also hoping to be granted political asylum in Belgium, joined them until some 250 were camping out on the ULB campus.
Some 31 of the protesters have also been on hunger strike for the past 20 days.
You can support their protest by sending faxes or calling the Belgian interior minister. You can also sign an online petition.
King’s College, London
Belgian interior ministry—
phone 0032 25048511,
fax 0032 25048500,